Cacao and Chocolate
Located behind the main vegetable garden is our Cacao Nursery full of thousands of grafted cacao plants. Each cacao is grown in preparation to be planted in the jungle understory surrounding the Lodge. Managed by our local team and his crew, the nursery is a must see for any visitor to Belcampo. Like planting a vineyard, cacao requires a 3 to 5 year wait for the first harvest.
In 2013, one hundred twenty acres of organic criollo was planted, making Belcampo Belize the largest cacao plantation in Belize and the largest criollo plantation in Central America. In addition to cacao, the nursery is also growing spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla, and allspice.
Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Class
Our Bean to Bar Chocolate Class offers visitors to Belcampo Belize a very unique opportunity to understand and participate in the entire process of transforming high quality organic cacao into chocolate. You will visit our agritourism center and experience two hours of hands-on, artisan chocolate making. Each class is led by a Belcampo chocolatier and includes a tour of the farm focusing on cacao and spices, a brief history of chocolate, an introduction to truffles and confections, as well as tempering chocolate and perfect pairings. Schedule: 9:00am - 11:00am., Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Saturday 9:00am-11:00am by advance request. Cost of this class is $70US per person. *Minimum two persons.
All prices are quoted in US dollars and exclude a 12.5% Government Sales Tax.