FARM TO BAR CHOCOLATE

EDUCATION & EXPERIMENTATION

FARM TO BAR

La Iguana started life as a cacao farm in 1985, selling fermented, dried cacao beans as part of a small cooperative. Three generations of our family helped to establish the cacao orchards that we continue to farm today.

 

Sales of cacao alone did not generate sufficient income to support our family and so we opened our farm, our lives and our remote rainforest village to volunteers from all over the world.

 

In 2005 La Iguana Chocolate was formed and we started to host hundreds of volunteers for a life changing 10 years. With their help we began the slow process of learning how to make chocolate with our own cacao, without internet access or books or any kind of resources or machinery. Through a process of trial, error and an infinite number of experiments we began to make small batch craft chocolate using home made machines.

 

Building on over 30 years of farming knowledge we are in the fortunate position to have control over the full chocolate making process, from farm to bar.

 

Our farm and our chocolate have come a very long way since 2005. 

ORGANIC.

HANDCRAFTED.

COSTA RICAN.


Our organic cacao orchard is maintained entirely by hand, all pruning, mulching, disease management and harvesting is done by our family and our amazing staff.

After years of experimentation we now produce an ever increasing range of delicious, handcrafted chocolate and cacao based products.

Although we no longer host volunteers our farm is open to visitors for our hands-on chocolate tour.

BIODIVERSE

ABUNDANT

BEAUTIFUL

We farm in harmony with nature, mimicking its systems; following the cycles of the moon and the season. Our work to protect natural resources, minimise waste and our impact on the land is recognised by the Blue Flag sustainability program.


Cacao makes up just a small part of our extensive agroforestry system, which provides an abundant supply of vegetables, salad greens, fruits, herbs and spices. Many of which we use to flavour our chocolate and are eaten daily by both family and visitors.


Located in the foothills of La Cangreja National Park and the Biological Corridor of the Scarlet Macaw we work hard to safeguard habitats and the unique species within them.

In recent years we have reforested much of our land, re-establishing wildlife corridors and bringing the tree line within metres of the family home and chocolate kitchen.

WE NO LONGER ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS HOWEVER,

WE HOST STUDENTS, GROUPS AND RUN IN DEPTH CACAO & CHOCOLATE COURSES
COVID-19 UPDATE

Visitors are welcome to the farm for both our Immersive Chocolate Tour and our Chocolate Shop. We will be observing social distancing, hand washing and the compulsory use of face masks.

 

Our Immersive Chocolate Tour can be booked for a single social bubble of up to 8 people.

FARM SHOP

La Iguana Chocolate

1km al sur de la escuela de Mastatal

Mastatal, Chires, Puriscal,

San Jose, Costa Rica. 10409.

OPENING HOURS

Mon - Sun: 8am - 5pm

CONTACT

Whatsapp: +506 8691 7692

+506 2200 0924

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