Final approvals just received from the Saint Lucian government for our bean to bar manufactory – it’s been a long and careful process because it is set within the Unesco World Heritage environment of the Pitons in Saint Lucia.
Our ‘renaissance man’ country head, Phil Buckley, has been working on the design plans for 3 years and they are amazing – it will be the world’s greenest chocolate manufactory, architecturally beautiful, focussed uniquely on rare and vintage cocoa and designed from the outset for visitors to fully engage in each sensorial stage.
Being sited amongst the cocoa groves on our own estate means that we will be able to make micro batches and fully release the unique terroir of Rabot Estate and Saint Lucia. Physically linking the growing and fermentation of cocoa with roasting and chocolate making means that our chocolatiers will have all the variables of flavour at their disposal – like a winemaker with his own winery set amongst the vineyards.
Here is the press release from the Saint Lucia government.