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Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour

5730 Olohena Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-8808
+1 808-821-1857
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Great time!

This was my second tour of the Steelgrass Chocolate Farm. It was even more fun the second time... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
hapahaolelf
Awesome Experience

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Steelgrass Cocolate Farm. Our guide was... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
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Chocolate From Branch to Bar begins with a stroll through the Steelgrass gardens, winding among groves of rare black bamboo, tropical flowers, and exotic fruit trees. The focus of the three-hour tour is on chocolate, but you will also experience dozens of exotic plants and flowers, and taste the tropical fruits that are in season as your guides share our family's vision for creating sustainable diversified agriculture on Kauai.Soon we reach the chocolate orchard, where you'll see chocolate trees at all stages of growth, often bearing tiny blossoms that will develop into seed-filled cacao pods. We then move into our chocolate tasting tent, and you sit comfortably in the shade while we demonstrate the many steps involved in processing raw cacao into nibs and then finished chocolate. Cacao is recognized as a powerful health food; as you taste the way fermentation and sun-drying transform the seed's flavor precursors into the rich chocolate we all love, your guide will explain chocolate's antioxidant and other health benefits. Best of all, you’ll enjoy an eleven-course dark chocolate tasting, where you sample rare and delicious chocolates grown and made in Hawaii and all over the world, including Kallari and Republica del Cacao from Ecuador, Valrhona from Madagascar and Trinidad, Guittard from Peru, Santander from Colombia, Felchlin and Taza from the Dominican Republic. You’ll also learn chocolate’s history, from its first discovery by early Meso-American tribes, to its revered status as a divine plant in the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec cultures, to its introduction to Europe in the 1600’s, and finally how an American inventor, Milton Snavely Hershey, made the nickel Hershey bar (1905) and the Hershey’s kiss (1907) enduring American institutions. Our Chocolate from Branch to Bar tour runs from 9AM to noon, and is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Advance reservations are required. Cost for the tour is $60 per person, and children 12 years and under attend free of charge. Steelgrass Farm is located on Kauai's East Side, in the foothills above the town of Kapaa. Once your reservation is confirmed, we will send you written driving directions to the Farm. The Tour is handicapped accessible, and since chocolate trees love moisture, we operate rain or shine.
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5730 Olohena Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-8808
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was my second tour of the Steelgrass Chocolate Farm. It was even more fun the second time. Loved the new honey chocolate.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Steelgrass Cocolate Farm. Our guide was knowledgeable, fun, and entertaining. The fruit, honey, and chocolate tasting was awesome. We highly recommend adding this tour to your activity list. Thank you Andrea.

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Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm so glad we did this tour. Andrea, the tour guide, is a natural at this, funny and very informative. I learned so much, tasted some fruits I've never tried before and soo much delicious choccolate! You will not regret doing this. Such a fun...More

Thank KCPlaza
Reviewed 3 days ago

Annette and her staff gave a very enjoyable and informative tour. We sampled many exotic fruits in addition to all the chocolates we ate and compared. Annette’s running commentary was informative yet entertaining. Excellent stop on our vacation.

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Thank Russell H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Andrea was our enthusiastic & knowledgeable guide through the interesting fruit and chocolate. We got to taste a number of the different fruits that are in season, and to compare chocolates from around the world, including those from Steelgrass, of course. We are really glad...More

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Thank Frandy W
Reviewed 4 days ago

They say that experiences are better than things at making you happy, and this farm tour is a perfect example of that. You will learn fascinating information, taste amazing foods, laugh, and come away feeling that it was time and money well spent. Our tour...More

1  Thank Ralph K
Reviewed 4 days ago

The tour was very informative and passed well. It was enjoyable walking amongst the flowering trees and bushes and actually tasting the fruits. Made it much easier to shop in the markets for things I felt comfortable buying and eating.

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Thank 962marilyn
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a great way to spend a morning in Kauai! The farm is not far from Kapa'a and Lihue. The tour leader was fun to be around and very knowledgable. We not only learned about chocolate, but we got to sample lots of chocolate...More

1  Thank drwalt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Andrea's enthusiasm and sense of humor made this tour delightful as well as delicious. We learnd about chocolate growing, tasted the Lydgate family's chocolate varieties and others from around the world, sampled fruits not found in most supermarkets, and saw vanilla beans on the vine....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the effort to get to this farm. I never knew how complicated it was to produce such great chocolate! I want to meet the person who figured it all out!!

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mustangsandy3
15 February 2018|
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Response from Laura C | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the age/maturity of the kiddos. They will be walking/hiking for the tour. The hike is easy and non-taxing. The path would be bumpy and challlengng for strollers. Lots of shade and places to sit. The only... More
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mustangsandy3
15 February 2018|
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Response from Linda V | Reviewed this property |
My 15 year old granddaughter enjoyed it greatly. There were smaller children on the tour who were managed by playing on the floor of the tasting tent or by playing outside the tent. They did need to be supervised by an... More
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zogmeister
13 February 2017|
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Response from Will L | Property representative |
Aloha! Same answer as below. Come see us! Tour cost is $75 per person, children 12 and under are free of charge. This is the price listed through the 'book now' button on our site as well as in our promotional materials... More
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