See the sweet side of Nakhon Si Thammarat

Preecha Inkong lives in Tha Sala district in Nakhon Si Thammarat, an area known for its high-quality cocoa trees. He and his wife Janejira learned to make chocolate some years ago before they decided to open Rose Cocoa Garden.

They once produced chocolate strictly for leisure. But today the family offers lots of choices of chocolate products. They also have opened their home for tourists to learn the process of making creamy chocolate.

"From bean-to-bar" is the concept of their service. Visitors will have a chance to visit a cacao plantation that supplies fresh cacao fruits to Preecha. They will then have a chance to test the fresh white pulp of the fruit and learn how to make cocoa solids or chocolate liquor.

The process of making cocoa liquor takes about 20 days, starting from fermenting ripe cacao beans for a week, then sun-drying them for another week. The beans are then roasted. Hulls must be peeled off and the roasted bean will be processed in a machine until it becomes a creamy and smooth liquid, which normally takes about four days. The taste of cocoa mass is not yet sweet but nutty, bitter and a little sour. Milk and sugar is added later to make chocolate.

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