This visit is humbling and heartening as it shows what can be achieved with little sophistication, whilst benefiting a hand-to-mouth community.You can’t get much closer than this! Come on a ‘tree-to-ba-and-cake-and-cocoa-tea’ experience and plenty of time to socialize with your hosts Kim and Lylette. Rounded off with lunch at a secluded, stream side hideaway.
Crayfish Bay Chocolate
Visit the organic plantation area and stand on an iron bridge manufactured during the industrial revolution in England. Hear about the unique social set-up of the the Crayfish Bay Estate. (Nobody is employed as such). See the only charcoal-fired cocoa bean roaster in the world ( as far as we know).
Learn how beans are dried and turned. Then witness an array of mainly low-tech, often home-made apparatus blended with up-to-date technology where hygiene dictates; de-shelling, winnowing, and conching the chocolate.
Finally there is relaxation time, with not only chocolate to sample, but also ‘cocoa tea’ (laced if desired with rum); and probably the best chocolate cake you have ever experienced.
Might this sort of initiative trigger the desperately-needed return to agriculture by young people?
We adjourn to the Wolf Bar, some 25 minutes’ drive away, lost in the country. Here you can chill in a hammock or cool down in a stream or indeed help prepare lunch. Depending on numbers and individual choice meal options include our national dish ‘oil-down’, or pizza, fish, chicken with rice ‘n peas and steamed local vegetables. Giver your choice at the time of booking.
Required minimum number of guests to confirm the trip: 6