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Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour

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Address: 5730 Olohena Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746-8808
Phone Number: +1 808-821-1857
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Chocolate From Branch to Bar begins with a stroll through the Steelgrass...

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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Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour is the Bomb-Diggity!

We had an amazing time touring your farm, tasting your tropical fruits and experiencing your estate grown cacao. I am a chocolatier but first and foremost a lifelong chocolate... read more

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Paradise, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had an amazing time touring your farm, tasting your tropical fruits and experiencing your estate grown cacao. I am a chocolatier but first and foremost a lifelong chocolate lover so I was especially excited for the opportunity to enjoy the" branch to bar" experience in Kauai. Will and Andrea are REALLY knowledgeable and entertaining,not two adjectives that always go... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our guide, Andrea, was very knowlegable and witty in her talk. First you walk through some of the farm occasionally stopping to taste fresh fruit. The final part of the tour involves tasting eleven different chocolates from around the world. It is a tour I am glad we took.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a lovely tour. Will, the owner and Andrea, his passionate guide were both awesome. Well spoken, fun and interesting. We tasted a lot of fruit and chocolate. The grounds are gorgeous. There were children on our tour, but this isn't a chocolate factory and some were a bit antsy as the tour is informative. They did think of... More 

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11/30/16
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very entertaining and enjoyable.Andrea was energetic and knowledgeable. The samples were delicious and diverse. Buckshot

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour, lots of fun tropical fruits to taste. Fantastic tour guide--How did she instantly know all of our names? Fun journey of chocolate history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss out on the opportunity to tour this chocolate farm and spend a morning with two of the best people you will ever meet. It was fun, interesting, delicious and very entertaining. There were 5 kids on this trip over the age of 8 and they all enjoyed every minute. Not for small kids. Lots of fun information and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love chocolate and was really looking forward to this tour. I ended up being a little bit disappointed in one area but overall I am glad we did this tour. I thought there would be a lot more fruit trees we'd actually be able to see. Instead of being pulled off of the tree, we went to an area... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour was led by Andrea who was so fun and engaging. This tour was definitely a unique and enriching experience, learning about chocolate culture and tasting delicious healthy organic chocolate from around the world, not to mention Kauai's very own branch to bar chocolate and award-winning honey!! This tour will definitely enlighten your views on this amazing super food,... More 

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Riverton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was so much fun and i actually Learned alot, highly recommend this tour, we will be back for sure with the kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the farm. Will was a great host and so hospitable. Andrea was our tour guide and an absolute hoot! I learned so much. Loved every minute of it!

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