(left) The cocoa beans grow in pods that start as tiny cocoa blossoms. Lamont, the scribe, attentively notes Bob’s every word.
Cocoa pods turn from green to candy-apple red.
|The raw beans are fermented in sweat boxes. At this stage their aroma is reminiscent of dirty socks. Even the geckos have disappeared from sight. When the white coating is gone, the beans are placed on drying racks in the sun.|
The beans are sorted, roasted, shells removed, then broken into bits or nibs. The nibs are ground, mixed with other ingredients like cocoa butter, vanilla powder, sugar and lecithin, and then tempered and hand-poured into molds.
|Chocolate lovers from around the world travel to Kona in order to experience the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory flavors. Pam and Bob have become chocolate afficionados.|