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Zorzal Chocolate Maker Week

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Announcing the first annual Reserva Zorzal “Makers Trip”! Sunday June 10th – Thursday June 14 th , 2018

Expect to be enchanted by the best that the Dominican Republic has to offer – beaches, mountains,
nature, and of course, cacao, lots of cacao. We’ll start our journey in San Francisco de Macoris, a
bustling, relatively prosperous city surrounded by cacao and rice fields in the heart of the Valle del
Cibao. From there we will visit well known centralized fermentaries before visiting Reserva Zorzal and
heading to Caberete, the adventure-sports capital of the country—and close to the best beaches in
the country.

This trip will focus on two themes central to the work we do at Zorzal Cacao: cacao produced and
processed for the bean to bar market in the US and conservation as a driver of our business activity.
Some of the themes of the trip will include:

  • Cacao production in the Dominican Republic
  • Fermentation and drying protocols in a rapidly changing market
  • How micro producers like Zorzal differ from larger producers in our production and post harvest handling practices
  • Meeting sustainability goals and creating local partnerships to succeed
  • Who should come? Industry professionals, adventure seekers, chocolate makers who purchase from Zorzal, and chocolate makers looking for new origins
  • What to expect? Five days of adventure, culture, context and connection with the world of Dominican cacao
  • Where will we be? San Francisco de Macoris, Reseva Zorzal and Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  • Why should I care? To learn about cacao production, agroforestry, sustainability and the challenges faced by the cacao supply chain
  • Adventure Level: Moderate: Expect to get stuck a couple times on the muddy roads, hike steep terrain and occasionally be without the amenities of city living.

Here is the itinerary for the trip, subject to change based on availability of our partners:

Day 1 (June 10th) – Fly into Santiago, settle into your room in San Francisco de Macoris, meet the
rest of the group, and get an overview of the agenda for the week.

Dinner discussion: A brief overview of the Dominican cocoa market, history and context led by
Charles Kerchner.

Day 2 (June 11th) – Centralized Fermentaries
We will visit two larger fermenting and drying centers. First we’ll go to one of the largest fermenting
and drying facilities in the Dominican Republic. Then, we’ll head to OKO Caribe, a medium scale
fermenting and drying facility and one of the main suppliers of Dominican specialty cacao to craft
chocolate makers. Bring your dance shoes for a merengue dance lesson—the official dance of the
Dominican Republic.

Days 3 (June 12th & 13th) – Reserva Zorzal & Zorzal fermentorium
Visit Reserva Zorzal, a 1,019 acre bird sanctuary, tour the farm, meet local cacao producers, and visit
the Zorzal fermentorium and drying facility. Harvest some cocoa pods! Learn about the private
reserve and its protected area policy, take a bird tour with local ornithologists. We’ll arrive at Reserva
Zorzal on the 12th , stay overnight and head to Cabarete in the afternoon on the 13th .

Day 4 (June 14th) – Tour cacao cooperative, explore coastal ecology, and have dinner on the beach!
After two days and a night at Reseva Zorzal in the mountains, we’ll end the trip in Cabarete on the
north coast. Enjoy the beach, kite surf, cliff jump off waterfalls, or just relax in the sun. The calm
waters, combined with breezy conditions make it ideal for wind surfing and kite surfing. Encuentro
Beach is known for its surf breaks. We can also visit one the largest cacao cooperatives,
CONOCADO, about 45 minutes from Cabarete (TBD, based on interest of the group).

Day 5 (June 15th) – Departure -- On the last day we’ll depart from the Dominican Republic with an understanding of cacao production, post harvest handling, variables that affect flavor development and so much more! And oh yeah, we might just come back a little tanner.

Note: If you have the time, we highly suggest you stay a few extra few days to take advantage of the
beautiful beaches and adventure activities in Cabarete!

Cost: Between US $985 - $1,155 (plus 2.5% Eventbrite processing fee) includes all food, lodging, transportation and entry fees for events.
Does not include flight. Price range depends on lodging option selected (shared condo vs personal
condo).

Contact: Please contact Russell Brott for inquiries and to reserve a spot. Email: Russell@zorzalcacao.com

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