About.

Be ready to eat an abundance of exotic fruits and gourmet chocolate while immersing yourself in the most biologically intense area on Earth. Come get specialized training and develop a relationship with the genome Theobroma Cacao at our rainforest-to-bar chocolate making workshop.  Meet and work alongside cacao farmers, processors and chocolate makers during a 5 day 6 night all-inclusive stay at Finca Morpho on the Osa Peninsula where you will  learn the entire chocolate making-to-tasting process... from tree to bar.  By the end of your stay you will become part cacao bean hunter, fermenter, roaster, chocolatier and chocolate sommelier. 

What's Included:

  • All-inclusive stay at Finca Morpho Permaculture Farm
  • Local, Organic, farm-to-table meals 3x/day
  • 5 full days of hands on Daily workshops encompassing the entire chocolate making process, from farm to bar.
  • Cacao farm Excursions
  • Waterfalls
  • Chocolate tasting & pairing,
  • Moon Rise Cacao Ceremony
  • Hot Chocolate Yoga & more!

Program.

Monday 11thArrival

You'll arrive to San Jose Costa Rica by Sunday 10th of November, We Recommend you stay at Alajuela backpackers then on Monday 11th catch the early bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, you will not have to option to Fly from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez because the PJ airport will be closed for renovations. Feel free to arrive at Finca Morpho anytime after 12:30 pm on Monday via taxi or bus from Puerto Jimenez or meet up with us in downtown Puerto Jimenez for a complimentary transportation 5:15 pm departure from Puerto Jimenez to Finca Morpho arriving for Checkin & dinner.


Tuesday 12th: Workshop Introduction -Cacao Bean Judging & Tasting -Roasting 101

7:15-8:15am: Breakfast

8:30-10:00am:  Meet & Greet, Workshop Introduction & Goals , Talk about what we will learn and expectations. Safety, equipment, schedule, and Q&A.

10:00-11:00am:  Cacao 101, Economics of the Supply Chain & Global Snapshot of Cacao to Chocolate industry. Introduction of CocoaEthika 

11:00-12:30pm: Cacao Bean Tasting, Cut Test & General Judging & Chocolate Tasting

1230-2:00pm: Lunch

2:30-4:30pm: Principles & Practice of Cacao Bean Roasting Part I

4:30-6:00pm:  Winnowing Husk Collection and Uses + Cacao Husk Tea Preparation

6:30-7:30pm: Moonrise Ceremony Part II (Rises at 7:10 PM visible 98%)

After Ceremony: Dinner


Wednesday 13th: Farmer Appreciation & Harvest -Fermentation 101

5:15am-5:45am: Breakfast

6:00am: Departure to Cacao Farm

7:45am: Arrive At Finca de Popo

8:00-12:00pm: Harvest and Gathering & Opening of Pods

Noon-1pm: Lunch

2:45pm Arrive Back at Farm

4:00-5:30pm:  Box Preparation & Begin Fermentation

6:00pm: Dinner


Thursday 14th: Free Day Make your own day while choosing from a variety of activities offered on the Osa Peninsula from Corcovado National Park Tours to waterfall hikes to surf lessons or just exploring and experiencing the Osa however you choose to on your own schedule. Breakfast and dinner provided upon request.


Friday 15th: Fermentation & Drying -Roasting Part II

7:15-8:00am: Breakfast

8:00-10am:  Fermentation Theory & Practice. "First 24 Hours" (air flow, temperature data collection and data entry, retrieval importance and usage.

10:00-11:00am:  Fermentation Hours 24-Finish (turning and aeration, temp data collection, sensory data collection, frequency of aeration. Signs of over and under fermentation and ideal targets for flavor range targets.)

11:00-1230: Cacao Bean Tasting, Cut Test & General Judging

12:30-2:00pm Lunch

2:30-3:30pm  -Ending Ferments & Transfer to Drying Stage (washing, transportation embodiments to solar dryer, time frame importance and avoiding off flavors as a result of poor post fermentation handling).

3:30-6:00pm:  Principles & Practice of Cacao Bean Roasting Part II

6:00-730pm: Dinner


Saturday 16th: Chocolate Laboratory Part I

7:15-8:00am:   Breakfast

8:00-10:00am:  Cacao Butter Pressing & Uses of Cacao Butter & Powder Processing (process cacao into butter and powder)

10:00-1200pm: Chocolate Tasting

1230-1:30:  Lunch

2:00-6:00pm: Chocolate Lab Part I: Pre-grinding Cacao and Filling of Melanger and maintenance Principles, Unloading Melanger, Tempering, molding and packaging

6:15-7:15pm Dinner


Sunday 17th: Chocolate Lab Part II, Drying & Storing Cacao

7:15-8:00am: Breakfast

8:00-10am: Chocolate Lab Part II-Follow up skill practice

10:00-11am: Chocolate Pairing 1 hour

11:00-12:00pm: Collection and storage of Cacao Juice & different uses (caramel, ice cream, beverage, fruit leather).

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-2:30: Principles of drying, curing/packaging & storage

2:30-3:00pm: Identifying Off Flavors & right and wrongs of Bacterias/Molds  how to identify problems through sensory data and actions)

5:00pm: Closing Ceremony 

After Ceremony: Dinner


Monday 18th: Departure

6:30am: Breakfast

7:30am: Complimentary transportation back to Puerto Jimenez

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • yoga
    3-5 times per week

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Bookings.

$800/person

Shared Glamping Tent

Food included
There are 10 tickets available for beds in our glamorous camping (glamping) tents for the Chocolate Workshop 2019.

Situated beachside under a shady canopy of almond trees, these luxuriously spacious tents provide a peaceful place to slip into dreamland to the rhythmic sound of ocean waves. A single mattress and linens are provided inside, bring your solar rechargeable lights and other desirable accoutrements to really make it feel like home!

Composting toilets are available throughout the property and we ask that only non-toxic, biodegradable soaps and toiletries are used onsite. If you do not have this, we do provide a hair and body shampoo in the shower house.

We will gladly accommodate with notification your requests to be roomed with friends that have also completed their booking for a shared glamping tent.

To the extent possible if requested, we will also establish mens and womens designations on these shared sleeping spaces.
$1150/person

Shared Room With Bed

Food included
This booking is for a single bed with linens in one of the shared rooms on the grounds of our permaculture farm. 

It will be wet season and yet it can be warm too ...so pack rain gear and boots with appropriate clothing for warm days at the beach.

Composting toilets are throughout the property and we ask that only non-toxic, biodegradable soaps and toiletries are used onsite. If you do not have this, we do provide a hair and body shampoo in the shower house.

All meals and scheduled activities for the entire event are included!

There are 14 spots available in shared cabins at Finca Morpho. Reserve yours today and expect a beautifully bonding experience with new friends.
$1400/person

Private Room

Food included
This booking is for a Private Room on the grounds of our permaculture farm. 

It will be the wet season yet can be warm too so pack rain gear and boots with appropriate clothing for warm days and at the beach.

Composting toilets are throughout the property and we ask that only non-toxic, biodegradable soaps and toiletries are used onsite. If you do not have this, we do provide a hair and body shampoo in the shower house.

All meals and scheduled activities for the entire event are included!

There are only 3 private Rooms available.

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