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Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 3 – Los Ancones, Dominican Republic

Another early start and we were picked up in the impressive Rizek minibus. Idelfonso Medina, my original introduction to the Rizek company back in London in 2005, was detained elsewhere and unable to meet us, so instead we were...
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Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 12 – Chuao, Venezuela

Chuao. It was only half a plan to get there, but from Puerto Colombia in Choroni it’s a 20 minute boat ride. We had the choice between another plantation in Choroni or taking the boat, in the end Chuao won. We were arrivi...
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Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 1 – Dominican Republic

August of course is the official ‘quiet time’ for chocolate – in the Northern hemisphere at least. As the weather warms, foodie cravings and desires drift from chocolate, to summer fare. In certain southern Eu...
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Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 2 – Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Our host for our first full day in the Dominican Republic was a friend of Lourdes Delgado’s, Jose Antonio Martinez Rojas. Jose Antonio, a previous Chairman of the Council of the ICCO is one of life’s real characters...
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Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 4 – Dominican Republic

We took a day off from cacao today and headed for the beach. In this case, it was Jose Antonio Martinez Rojas’s own beach within the tourist centre of Bavaro, near Punta Cana, in Altagracia province on the north coast. Jo...
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