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Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
05/05/17 02:23:10PM
10 posts

For Sale: Raw Cacao Beans from Costa Rica's Southern Zone


Posted in: The Cocoa Exchange

Premium Quality Fine Flavored Cacao Beans from Costa Rica's little know Southern Zone.  Will sell by the Kilo, or in larger amounts, up to 1 ton.  Price varies accordingly.  

info@samaritanxocolata.com  (506) 8820-7095


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Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
05/05/17 02:17:07PM
10 posts

For Sale: Working Cacao Farm in Costa Rica


Posted in: Classifieds


For Sale  Chocolate Farm In Costa Rica Southern Zone


$475,000

San Vito De Coto Brus





The Chocolate Farm is a 90 acre working farm in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica that includes 15 acres of mature cacao plantation, 15 acres of virgin forest, two year-round creeks, abundant fruit tres, bamboo, bananas, pineapples, and lots of pasture additional planting, construction, or animal stewardship.


Organic Chocolate Farm
Winner of 2015 Heirloom Cacao Initiative
In January of 2015, This Chocolate Farm won the coveted Heirloom Cacao Initiative. This prize designates cacao plantations with exceptional trees and beans endowed with a combination of historic, cultural, botanical, geographical, and most importantly flavor value. Perhaps just as important, this Heirloom designation allows the Chocolate Farm to market its beans to the best chocolate makers in America. In 2016, the Farm produced 5.5 Tons (907.18 kgs per Ton) of Cacao Beans. This year they expect to harvest and sell 6 Tons. Export prices for top quality raw beans varies between $7 and $10 per kilo. Without the hassle of export, the fine bean to bar makers within Costa Rica will eagerly pay $5/kilo for properly fermented and dried beans. (Samaritan Xocolata will buy or broker all of it!)

This unique farm is located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the center of San Vito. It is incredibly placed in a large valley with a 20 mile radial view in every direction, including stunning scenery with mountains in the distance, exquisite cloud formations, distant patchwork-quilt farms dotting the countryside accented with grazing animals. With the mountains at a distance, this particular area receives a lot of sun. The Altitude is about 1650 feet above sea level, perfect for any type of farming; everything grows here, fruit and vegetables, root crops, herbs and spices, and of course, Cacao.
San Vito and the surrounding area is known as a Coffee Producing Region. This particular farm has 15 acres of producing Organic Cacao. 500 Cacao trees were planted in 2012 and are now producing. In 2015 an additional 1,500 trees were planted and will be coming to fruition within 2 years. There has also been an ongoing program here to graft high producing, disease resistant, good tasting clones onto existing trees.
Aside from the Cacao there are nearly 20 Acres of rolling pastures for horses or grazing animals, or the pastures could be reforested with a combination of Native Hardwood Trees or creating a Food Forest! Also included, about 15 Acres of Old Growth or Virgin forest, including some of the Largest Trees seen in years, this old growth is actually set in an Oasis (surrounded by pastures), much of the surrounding farms in this area had been settled as well as deforested years ago, to be used for coffee plantations or cattle. This farm has some of the largest and most precious trees we’ve seen in this highland area.
Electricity is provided by Solar panels and an older hydro system installed from the previous owner which may need updating, but the solar panels (2kw system) are maintenance free. There is also a small pond where Tilapia could be raised for added sustainability.
A concrete country house had 3 bedrooms including a new bathroom and shower with septic tank but all the interior walls have been removed due to termite damage, so as of now there is an open floor plan and currently used for Cacao storage. The cement floor and walls are still in decent condition, new interior walls and a ceiling could be installed and the house would once again be useable. Another area, previously used as an outdoor kitchen, is now a simple open area with a roof used for keeping odds and ends out of the rain.
Two structures were built 5 years ago, one being used as a Yoga Studio and the other as a separate living quarters and cabin, both situated on a hill with a gorgeous view of the distant Talamanca Mountains and the Amistad National Park.

A very popular river, Rio Coto, lies about 10 minutes away by foot, great for Kayaks or Rafting.

Here is a current list of features offered:
15 Acres of Mature producing Organic Cacao, 5 years ago an additional 500 trees were planted, the largest operation in this area plus another 1,500 in 2015.
Exotic Fruit trees including Durian, Cinnamon, Sancoya, jaboticaba, miracle fruit, pitanga, moringa and neem. Orange grove, producing and mature.
One acre of Sugarcane including a Trapiche, which is a manual press, used to extract the natural juice out of the cane.
One acre of Organic Coffee Pineapples ,Bananas ………many.
Hundred’s of trees planted over the past 8 years ago (a variety of good lumber trees including teak, Melina and Amarillon )
Bamboo Plantation.
15 Acres of real Primary Forest, with an easy walking trail .
Medicinal and Ornamental Plants of all type.
New Cabin and Yoga Studio.
Original Farmhouse with remodeled bathroom.
Chocolate-making equipment.
Old barn which has been used as living quarters and a community center, now in need of remodeling due to termites.
Solar and Hydro System.
Totally off-grid, remote but with good dirt road access (4x4 only) , remote but not deserted.
Nearby River including swimmin’ holes only a half hour by foot or horse. (River Rio Coto)
A great team of local labor that knows the farm and are trustworthy.
Asking $475,000. Contact me: taoaqui@gmail.com 




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Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
07/26/16 06:15:16PM
10 posts

Needed: Coconut Sugar Sweetened Couverture


Posted in: Classifieds

I have 1 kilo and 2 kilo blocks of 70% Organic Costa Rican Southern zone couverture made with coconut nectar sugar.  www.samaritanxocolata.com  I can give you a wholesale price if you buy more than 2 kilos...contact me direct:  samaritanxocolata@gmail.com  

Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
03/23/16 02:32:57PM
10 posts

Fermented cacao beans wanted


Posted in: Classifieds

Hola Dan, 
I am a chocolate maker in Costa Rica and have beans I could sell to you.  Where are you located?  We should talk if you are interested in 100k or more.  

Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
03/10/14 09:52:11AM
10 posts

Santha Melangeurs


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

Thanks for the responses...I am too far away, and the logistics too difficult and expensive to try to send the machine back and replace it. I have tried the calibration reset recommended by Kumar, and it seemed to help for about a 1/2 hour...or basically until there was chocolate in the machine again.

Last night, I had it set on low so that it wouldn't disturb my sleep too much, but apparently it wasn't turning fast enough to keep it warm, and the whole batch solidified. Now at it with the hair dryer, but not having any luck getting the wheels to turn, so not sure if the motor is burned out (although still makes the screeching noise) or if the belt is broken or what...with a full batch of chocolate in the machine, it is difficult to know what to do...will try recalibration again, and then empty the chocolate, and try taking the drum off. ANYONE KNOW HOW TO DO THAT? WE COULDN"T FIGURE IT OUT BEFORE...how do you get the drum off the stem? Is there a screw on the bottom that releases the stem/column?

Madeleine, you said you spoke to them on the phone: Do you have a phone number for SANTHA? I

have not been able to find one in any of the literature, communications or website. Much appreciated.

Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
02/28/14 07:08:19PM
10 posts

Santha Melangeurs


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

Hola,

I just got my Santha Spectra 20...and it squeals...high pitched, unbearable, screeching...kinda like living inside a forest of chicaras (if you live in CR, you know what I mean). Is it the belt? Is it something else? Any clues before I try to open it up to find out? Kumar said some "noise" was normal...I agree, and I anticipated "some noise", but this is unbearable. Help!

Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
11/13/13 07:55:46PM
10 posts

How Are You Making These Holidays Special with Chocolate?


Posted in: Tasting Notes

We have lots of "ferias" this time of year. I'm making cake pops in the shape of gingerbread men, and enrobing them in my 75% dark organic chocolate. Kids and adults alike love these! Also making ginger spice truffle again, as well as the favorite "holiday special" , a bark with cranberries, pecans, and coconut. Still early, but starting to get in the spirit!

Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
10/15/13 11:44:08AM
10 posts

Bean to bar chocolate makers


Posted in: Tasting Notes

Hola,

How do I add our company to your data base of Bean to Bar chocolate makers? SAMARITAN XOCOLATA, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. 100% organic, Costa Rican, hand-crafted chocolate.

Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
10/01/13 06:37:08PM
10 posts

Costa Rican Organic Craft Chocolate seeks Investment Capital


Posted in: Tasting Notes

Samaritan Xocolata is seeking JV partner or investor for organic, craft chocolateria & chocolate salon in growing community near tourist attraction in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica.
This cottage industry is one of only a handful of fine, organic, artisan chocolates in the country of Costa Rica, utilizing 100% Costa Rican grown indigenous cacao, and high quality, locally sourced fresh and organic ingredients, for creative and vibrant flavours and texture experience. It truly is one of the best chocolates you will ever taste!
There is a history of this company that goes back to 2005, but recent developments have taken it to new levels, and we are ready to go even further in promoting Costa Rican chocolate and quality, hand-crafted, rural, sustainable micro -industry, and providing not only economic opportunities for women in a remote community, as well as an attraction for rural tourism.
Please contact directly if you are a lover of chocolate and interested in helping this small business grow. Biz plan available for serious inquiry.
Peace, Love & Chocolate,
Tao Watts

fincaxocolata@gmail.com


updated by @Tao Watts: 04/20/15 09:58:22PM
Tao Watts
@Tao Watts
05/02/12 10:34:45AM
10 posts



If you come to Costa Rica, I can help you. Please contact me at fincaxocolata@gmail.com
Tao from Samaritan Xocolata, Perez Zeledon, CR.