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“Chocolate appreciation- Best chocolate tour you'll ever do!”

El Quetzal de Mindo
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Mindo Chocolate Tour
Ranked #2 of 15 Tours in Mindo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Learn all about our award winning Artisan small-batch chocolate and how it is made. Learn about harvesting, fermentation, drying and roasting. See cocoa fruit on trees growing in our gardens and taste fresh cacao fruit. You will walk through our gardens and where you will also see coffee, banana and guava trees. Also a variety of tropical and medicinal plants growing on our grounds. You will have a chance to view small-batch chocolate making in progress and taste plenty of samples including our world famous famous brownies. Chocolate bars and other locally made products and artisan goods are available for purchase. We also have a festive evening tour available at a reduced fee if you join both tours. The Leyenda de Chocolate tour takes you back in time experiencing how chocolate has been made for 5,000 years ago. Ask for both tours! Beer brewed on site, coffee grown and roasted on site. Find us just up the hill from the central park on the Main Street in Mindo. Don't miss this unique experience. Look for El Quetzal!
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

We've done about 4 chocolate tours in my life- Peru, Australia and Europe- this was hands down...the BEST! The tour was informative, yet short (45mins), interesting and delicious! I have a much better appreciation of chocolate!
$6 for literally paddock to mouth tour about chocolate. Tours run on the hour in English from 9-5 daily. We got a brief history and explanation of the pods (incredibly interesting), visited the small farm behind the chocolate factory, were shown the machinery and the creators at work.
We then did REAL chocolate tasting!! 100% cocoa (liquid form), then with a couple of added treats, then their infamous chocolate brownie! YUM!

They have happy hour from 5-7pm everyday- chocolate martini is strong but worth the kick!

1  Thank JessBeavon
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Stopped here after visiting the Bellavista Cloud Forest. We had a delicious lunch here - fantastic food and fresh juices! The owner took us for a tour of his gardens and pointed out interesting plants he was growing, stevia, coffee, cocao, herbs etc. We really enjoyed seeing all his work and blossoming chocolate business - and yes making and tasting of chocolate.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014 via mobile

The tours here are incredible, one of my favourite things we have done while in Ecuador. Our guide firstly sat us down and showed us the cocoa beans in the pod, we even got to try some which tasted like lychee. We also tasted chocolate nips! He explained basically the history of chocolate and why people love I have done chocolate tours before and this was so helpful to visual the end product and process while looking at the trees, machinery and finally kitchens.

Then we went to the farm, where we could see real cocoa trees growing plus all the other ingredient they include in the chocolate like chilli, lemon grass, lemons and fruits. We also saw where the cocoa beans were drying and fermenting - super hot in there! I would definitely bring mosquito spray because I was eaten alive by loads of Mosquitos! We also saw banana plantations as the bananas shade the cocoa trees from the sunlight. Our guide explained the entire growing process plus showed us the different types of cocoa trees.

Afterwards we had a look at all the machinery where the chocolate is roasted, then the nips are separated and also where the coffee beans are freshly roasted (which we got to taste! No wonder the coffee is brilliant here). Then we moved onto the kitchens where the chocolate is separated into cocoa butter and dark chocolate, then made into powder then finally liquid. The final stop on our tour (before tasting) was seeing the kitchens where the talented chefs are tempering chocolate, making chocolate truffles and other decadent delights. The guide was brilliant, he explained everything in simple language and was so passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about chocolate.

Afterwards we had tastings of bitter dark chocolate (without anything added to it like essentially 100%), chocolate BBQ sauce, chocolate with chilli, chocolate brownie, chocolate with ginger and chocolate balsamic vinegar. Tours run on the hour from 9am till 6pm in English and are $6 each, you just book when you arrive no need to book through an agency.

The brownie here is amazing, rich, dark and decadent! It's a must try! The ice cream is all home made and absolutely delicious, we had the strawberry ice cream with chucks of real strawberries in it. The coffee here is so so good, brewed and grown on the grounds you can't get any fresher! A must do when you are in Ecuador!

1  Thank Kirsty B
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

This was a highlight on our trip. Our guide for the chocolate tour was wonderful and our dinners were terrific. It was nice we could eat the salad. Th homemade ginger beer was fun.

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

The tour on the chocolate factory was very interesting and the guide is very knowledgable but we were a group of three and one of the persons had a lot of difficulty for walking and the guide just couldn't see it... I thinki that when you are dealing with the elderly, and mainly those with any kind of disability, you have to be more careful....

Thank carolinadias
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