A Crowning Achievement

Early on the morning of July 15th, I headed to downtown Hilo, right as the Hawaiian Crown Plantation and Chocolate Factory was beginning to open. Tom Menezes was setting up a batch of cacao beans to roast in the outdoor seating area on the side of the building, and it was then, with the intoxicating […]

Transmissions from Trinidad

My, how the time flies. I can’t believe it’s been over two months since I had the wonderful opportunity to come into contact with cacao farmers and chocolate makers half-way around the world in Trinidad. After a tip from a fellow East Hawaii Cacao Association member (Thank you, Sherry!), I reached out to Megan Giller […]

Botanical Bonanza

Saturday, July 3, 2021 On Saturday, June 19th, I had the great pleasure of making the next stop on the Hawaiʻi Cacao Express at Hamakua Chocolate Farm, owned and operated by Dan Corson and Berndt Stugger. Berndt was unfortunately off-island visiting family, so I didn’t get to meet him, but Dan did an excellent job […]