A Post in Pictures – The Chocolate Tour in Mindo

If one picture is worth a thousand words, then this post will be worth 16,000 plus.

First things first, our breakfast.
Where the chocolate tours take place.
First we sat at a table for a lecture. This is a coca pod.
The pod is cut open to view the white colored seeds.
After the white comes off, this is what is left. The white is used for syrups.
The seeds are crushed into nips.
Now we went outside to see coca trees. See the tiny red thing? 
It turns into this and then yellow like the photos above.
Seeds set out to dry.
I forgot this reason for this machine.
Beans are roasted.
Once they are ground, they are formed into ‘cakes’.
Here is a sample of chocolate without anything added. Nasty stuff.
We added sugar and then some chili pepper. It started getting better.
The best was the brownie.