The KokoMana Farm and Chocolate factory in Savusavu is where the magic actually begins! If you are visiting Savusavu, this tour is an absolute must-do. Adults and kids alike will enjoy this experience which is not only exciting but very informative as well. You will be left in awe seeing all these varieties of cocoa trees growing in a natural forest setting. Richard and Anne are very passionate about their cocoa plantation and Joeli, who conducts the tour is extremely knowledgeable about the entire process from tree to bar! This tour will leave you craving for more!
The chocolate tour and how to get there
Situated a very short distance from Savusavu town, right next to the Daku Resort estate, this huge plantation showcases various cocoa varieties being processed from pods to beans to the final exquisite chocolate. The entire plantation is managed according to sustainable agricultural practices. The cocoa is grown according to ecological principles.
The tour needs to be pre-booked as they operate on alternate days giving the team time on the other days to produce chocolate for the chain of resorts, hotels and other stores that they supply their chocolate to. These tours are informal and can be from 2 to 10 people in a group. If the group is larger, arrangements can be made so long as prior intimation is given. This tour lasts about 1-2 hours and costs FJD 25 only.
Pods, pods, pods
The walk through the plantation is easy and not strenuous for any age group. Joeli will give you an entire insight on how chocolate is made right from the pods stage until the end.
Have “bean” thinking of chocolate
Once the pods are opened, the beans undergo a process of drying, fermentation and grinding where each step is designed to enhance and refine the flavor and texture of the final product
A Chocolate a day keeps bad moods away!
If you are a dark chocolate lover, you will surely enjoy the 85% cocoa and 15% Fijian sugar chocolate. The “chocolate tasting” is the best part of the tour, for obvious reasons! Have you ever tried spicy chilly chocolate or masala chai chocolate? How about salted chocolate?
Here you “bar”
The quality of the chocolate is very impressive. From bars with different percentages of cocoa and sugar with hints of different flavours to 70% chocolate bars for cooking, KokoMana has it all.
Head back with beautiful memories of a day well spent in learning and sampling pure, organic, exquisite chocolate! Smile often, be happy, laugh loudly and eat chocolate because chocolate is always the answer!