This weekend I spent the weekend at a chocolate factory. Rather a famous one, as its been on the TV a few times.
Willie Harcourt-Cooze owns both a cocoa farm and a chocolate business based in Devon. Willie has a passion for chocolate. He was followed a few months ago filming a program getting the business of the ground, truly taking seed to bar to a new level. There was also a follow up seris where he decided to take a 70% bar to market.
I am a huge fan of the program and the product, so when a friend (Aramndo a guy who brings in the Cafe Ita we sell)said he knew this guy called Willie who likes the cafe ita, I said I wanted to meet him big time.
He then went to tell me Willie wanted to try roasting coffee in his cocoa roaster, but I insisted I must help
It so happened when we arrived Willie JUST took delivery of his latest container from Venezuela with some from his farm too in there.
Working like dogs we got the container unloaded. We then got to meet all Willies family from the TV who were as lovely as they appeared on the box.
Treated to some amazing food at a country pub it was back to the factory to brew as many brewing methods as we could.
We had vac pot, french press, eva solo, ibrik, chemex, and a presso.
More photos at the link here
Willie then kindly agreed to do an in my mug with us below. It was a great laugh much fun had by all.