On Monday June 16,2014 I went to Theo’s Chocolate factory!
Here are some things I learned on the Theo tour. They are a “bean to bar” company. “Bean to Bar” means that Theo works directly with the growers and people who pick the cocoa beans, and they process the beans all the way from the raw beans to the actual chocolate bars they make in their factory. They are also a fair trade company. That means that they pay the workers a living wage. Theo, thankfully, is also organic, which means that they don’t use pesticides in growing their cocoa beans, which makes for a tastier product and a safer environment for their workers! One fun fact I learned is that cocoa beans are grown 20 degrees south and north of the equator, in places like Ecuador.
May I suggest that if you don’t like wearing hair nets, get over it! You need to wear a hair net but it is totally worth it. Don’t bring a baby! If it cries you’ll be kicked off the tour. Lastly, if you don’t like chocolate this is no place for people like you.
Before I go, I must inform you about our fabulous tour guide Ian. He was happy, informative and funny. At the end of the tour everyone was surprised learn that it was Ian’s first day!!!!!