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Artisan Oaxacan Chocolate: History, culture, drinkFood/Drink :: Chocolate also Food/Drink :: Beverages
Artisan Oaxacan Chocolate: History, culture, drink
11:00 AM
Rito Chocolate
Oaxacan Chocolate: Make it, Taste it, Fall in love

Our Oaxacan chocolate host, Flor, is opening the doors to her family’s small chocolatiering business and to generations of expertise in the industry in our second presentation of this introductory experience to Oaxacan chocolate. We invite you to step inside!

This experience includes a brief introduction to the cacao plant and a run-through of the notable roles it has played throughout pre-hispanic, colonial, and modern-day history. Flor has her hands on some fresh cacao vines that we’ll make into a refreshing water-based drink (“agua de cacao) to sip on as we go.

We’ll learn a bit about multiple varieties and the differences in appearance and flavour amongst Oaxacan chocolate, and then delve into the journey from plant to delectable treat. Flor will explain how her family creates artisan chocolate in their local factory, and then we will duplicate the process by hand in their recently-opened storefront location.

We’ll make our own tablets of artisan chocolate to take home, where we can later prepare an amazing cup of hot chocolate unique to Oaxaca and true to its roots in each step of its production. But have no fear—we wouldn’t expect you to wait until you get home to eat some chocolate! During Flor´s presentation, you´ll get to taste the various ways that chocolate has been prepared throughout Mexico´s rich history. And while our handmade chocolate tablets cool, we’ll take advantage of the time by tasting El Rito’s most popular varieties: bittersweet milk-chocolate, semi-sweet, chocolate with nuts, and vanilla-flavored chocolate. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Flor’s family founded “El Rito”, a local business dedicated to Oaxaca’s tradition of manufacturing fine-quality drinking chocolate with local ingredients. They share Tlayudona’s commitment to fair business practice and valuing local producers, workers, and processes in each step of their operations. Their base ingredients are purchased locally and processed in a small plant on the outskirts of Oaxaca, so their ecological footprint is naturally quite low. Characteristic of our generation, Flor is taking innovative steps to move forward creatively within the world of artisan chocolate so that her family´s business will remain a player in the local scene. Come check it out, learn some things, and get your chocolate on!

Course includes:

An introduction to the world of artisan chocolate, contextualized in Oaxaca de Juárez
A brief discussion of the history of the cacao plant and its instrumental role in various time periods
Fresh “agua de cacao” (cacao water) to drink
The opportunity to make your own chocolate tablets with Flor’s guidance
Tasting portions of several types of chocolate drinks
Tastes of at least four popular chocolate varieties made by El Rito
Approximately 150g of chocolate to take home to make delicious Oaxacan hot chocolate

Cost: 600 MXN

Come visit us at Tlayudona and pay upfront in cash to receive a 10% discount.

Children age 8 are welcome to participate.

This experience is offered in Spanish and will be translated into English if/when necessary. Send us a message using our contact form to inquire about additional language translations.

Maximum 5 participants, so reserve your spot with anticipation.

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Age Group: Teen to Adult
Venue: Rito Chocolate
Address: 708-H Porfirio Díaz Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca 68000
Phone: 019511298243

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