Chocolate: Bean to Bar

Most of us love chocolate, but when was the last time you thought about where it came from?  Hosted by talented chocolate makers Barbara Wilson and Dan Soebbing, this tour will take you every step of the way large, slimy pods to the delectable chocolate bars we all enjoy.

Mindo Chocolate grew from El Quetzal de Mindo cafe in Mindo, Ecuador, where owners Barbara Wilson and Joe Meza were having a hard time finding good chocolate for their brownies when there were cocoa beans all around!  They began making their own chocolate and in November 2009 began importing beans and making chocolate right here in Dexter, Michigan. We’ll visit their small-scale, artesanal production facility, and learn what it takes to make chocolate the old-fashioned way.

Along the way, you’ll have the chance to see, smell, and taste freshly roasted cocoa beans, then see what happens as they are ground, set, and turned into the chocolate products we know and love.  You’ll learn about the processing of cocoa butter, what the percentages on chocolates mean, and the hand selection and pure ingredients that make artisinal chocolates so delicious.

Of course, we’ll also have plenty of tastes along the way, and there will be cocoa powder, chocolate bars, and other products available for purchase at the end of the tour.


The chocolate tour typically takes about 1.5-2 hours, and is available most days of the week at the Mindo facility in Dexter, but transportation can be arranged from anywhere.

Tours include:

– Guided tour and chocolate insights
– Hands-on chances to help make chocolate
– Tasting opportunities at each step of the process
– 1 oz chocolate bar to take home

Join us for a sweet treat! Contact Us to set up your own custom tour!

The next step: Follow your chocolate tasting with a Michigan-made wine tasting nearby!

2 Responses to “Chocolate: Bean to Bar”

  1. Stacy Mates says:

    Hi Gillian,
    Is there still room for this tour? If so, I’m interested!

    Also, I’ll be driving from A2 to Dexter (sadly, biking that distance would be too much for my pitiful knees), and would be happy to offer carpool space for a couple of people if they’re able to get to the West side.


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