El Quetzal offers in-depth chocolate tours every day. Book a tour today and try some of our famous Mindo brownies made with Mindo Chocolate!
Seven days per week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, we offer in-depth tours so that you can see our process and learn how chocolate is made from "bean to bar". We first began making chocolate because we couldn't find quality chocolate in and around Mindo. Since 2008, we've been on a journey to make the best chocolate possible, a long process that starts on local family farms and ends in our hand-wrapped bars at El Quetzal.
We source the finest organic Nacional cacao from small family farms outside of Mindo and oversee the first critical stages of the process: fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans. After drying, we roast in small batches at El Quetzal, imparting a caramelized, chocolatey flavor to the cocoa beans. A thin shell must be cracked and winnowed from each bean in order to remove the meaty part of the bean, known as "cocoa nibs".
Roasted cocoa nibs are then refined and conched by one of two methods: stone-grinding or ball refining. Over the course of many hours, the nutty, earthy nibs are refined into a smooth molten chocolate. Finally, we temper, mold, and wrap the chocolate by hand.
We invite you to join our guided tour and observe each part of the chocolate-making process.
El Quetzal de Mindo Chocolate Tour
Where: El Quetzal de Mindo
9 de Octubre, Mindo, Ecuador
When: 7 days a week, each hour on the hour from 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: $10 per person
You do not need to reserve a spot on the tour in advance*. Simply arrive a few minutes before the hour to purchase tickets. You are always welcome to order a meal as your tour begins.
*Groups larger than 20 persons, please contact us to reserve your tour in advance.