COLOMBIA

Chocolate Stories: From raw cocoa bean to chocolate poo


Patricia, Colombian woman and excellent example of great mother and friend, taught me how to process cocoa beans.

Here you are:

Chocolate has similar processing as coffee does. After removing the peel, beans have to be dried on the sun. We dried it on the roof of small hut that the farm owner  uses to dry coffee beans. The whole process of drying takes 4-5 days depending on the sunlight amount- the more sunlight the faster are beans ready.

Sun drying on the roof

Sun drying on the roof

After beans were dried enought, we put the large pot full of beans on traditional brick furnace (food made on this equipment is just simply delicious!) and we were roasting it for few hours from early morning till late afternoon.

Finally roasted cocoa beans gained nice brownish color and the smell of future hot chocolate invaded our imagination.

Brick furnace

Brick furnace

Brownish roasted beans

Brownish roasted beans

Checking of roasted beans

Checking of roasted beans

Patricia put beans into a large bag and started to beat that bag with piece of wood as if it was a naughty child (what a comparison! ). I would say that this is quite simple rural ways of eliminating  cocoa bean cover but sufficiently useful and efficient.

Afterwards, Patricia poured beans from height and I was moving a pot lid from side to side to create kind of wind moves so damaged beans covering could be blown away and beans could fell into another pot. Well, now I am not quite sure if you have got it so please let have a look at the next pictures.

Venteando, Spanish word for making wind moving with pot lid

Venteando, Spanish word for making wind moving with pot lid

Trying to remove beans cover

Trying to remove beans cover

Checking no.II

Checking no.II

Once beans remained clear from dirt, we mixed beans with small amount of cinnamon and ground it using electric machine. It has to be ground three times to obtain chocolate softer and more liquid.

Grinding

Grinding

It got darker and the night was knocking on the door when we entered last phase of chocolate making. Patricia´s husband Omar bought two big banana leaves. I took spoonful of deliciously smelling chocolate mass  and put it on the banana leaf. We covered both leaves with these “chocolate pooes” (sorry for the expression but it definitely looked like that!).

Making chocolate pooes

Making chocolate pooes

Almost full banana leaf

Almost full banana leaf

Final chocolate "poo"

Final chocolate “poo”

My hand were covered with chocolate and after washing them, the smell of chocolate stayed. I got asleep with hands on the nose and breathing that nice scent. Next morning I wake up, took one chocolate “poo” and poured it with hot milk. Amazing! For now the best chocolate I have ever drunk!

Enjoy!

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