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Cocoa-Infused White Rum

When we visited KokoMana, an agri-forestry operation in Savusavu that makes artisinal chocolate, we brought back a bag of cocoa nibs to use for a home-brewed stout. A few days ago, hubby placed most of the nibs package in a cloth bag that Fijians use to hold kava powder when mixing with water. He soaked… Continue reading Cocoa-Infused White Rum

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How to Make Chocolate Powder from Cocoa Fruit

We visited Cacao Fiji’s cocoa farm in Dreketi on the island of Vanua Levu in October 2019. I learned a lot, and our guide generously gave us a few cocoa pods to take home. This was the start of a fun experiment: making raw cocoa powder. It’s a time-intensive process: It takes about two weeks.… Continue reading How to Make Chocolate Powder from Cocoa Fruit

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Try This Home-Made Mocha Latte

We make French press coffee every weekend. Last Saturday, it was extra special with the addition of about 2 tbsp. of cocoa nibs that had been soaked to make our latest batch of tasty home-brewed stout. The nibs give the coffee an earthy, bold mocha twist. You don’t have to use stout-infused cocoa nibs, of… Continue reading Try This Home-Made Mocha Latte

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New Fruit-Infused Vanua Chocolate Sampler

Vanua Chocolate is a chocolatier based in Fiji that sources it’s cacao from local farms. The company is releasing a new product: a chocolate sampler with fruit infusions. It makes for a lovely little gift for yourself or others. The chocolatier does not use emulsifiers. This artisinal product is elegant in the simplicity of it’s… Continue reading New Fruit-Infused Vanua Chocolate Sampler

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KokoMana: Artisinal Chocolate and Agri-Forestry

After Taveuni, we returned by ferry to Savusavu for a couple nights before coming home to Suva. Back at Savusavu, we visited KokoMana, an artisinal, small-batch chocolatier located in Daku Estate, next to Daku resort. Farm supervisor Joeli and senior cocoa grower Richard took us on a tour of the farm and operations. I really… Continue reading KokoMana: Artisinal Chocolate and Agri-Forestry