I recently went on a great island adventure that took me to the northern village of Penville. I met some lovely people there and perused some of the most fertile lands this end of the island. A gracious local lady walked me through the process of making cocoa-from removing the cocoa pod from the tree, drying/roasting the pods, grinding them down, and forming small cocoa sticks that are sellable at market. It was a lot more hard work than I expected! The experience left me with a great appreciation for those who make a living using their hands. I’m amazed at how cheap cocoa sticks are at the market after seeing what it takes to make just one cocoa stick. I haven’t made cocoa tea yet, but it’s on my to- do list. Till then, here are some photos. Enjoy!