artisan chocolate & chocolate making workshops

Chocola means drinking chocolate together!

Chocola Artisan Chocolate

I have always had a mysterious attraction to CACAO, the main ingredient in chocolate. We think of it in its solid form, but chocolate was drunk, not eaten, for 9/10 of its existence. The period in time that excites me the most, is from the moment cacao was found, domesticated, and transformed some 3500 years ago, the whys & the hows this tiny bitter seed became important enough to be at the centre of all Mesoamerican cultures, playing an important role as food, socially, religiously, medically, and economically. That’s why I decided to open a space dedicated to the origin of “cacao”.

Enrol in my artisan chocolate workshop and experience chocolate making the same way it’s been prepared for 1000’s of years.

OPENING HOURS

Open Friday, Saturday  & Sunday 10am to 3pm. Join us for a traditional Mexican lunch and enjoy a dark cup of  artisan drinking chocolate.  We also stock criollo Mexican cacao,  which we use in all of our hand and stone made products. Or enrol in a workshop and make your very own chocolate from raw cacao beans.

Taking our senses back in time, to the origin!

Chocola is where New Zealanders can get a glimpse of the amazingly humble cacao tree, the cheeky monkey , the beautiful flower, the hard working midget, the cacao pod in all shapes, forms and colors. Come and taste the bitter earthy flavour of the cacao bean and smell it’s unique aroma and fall in love with real chocolate made by nature!