Chocolate Plantation-Dominican Republic

This week I was able to visit a beautiful Chocolate plantation with the family I travel nanny for-you can too with Cabarete Coffee Tours! We got to make REAL hot chocolate. No powder involved! Dominican Republic is one of the largest producers of cacao beans in the world.

Dominican RepublicCacao Tree

The cacao beans grow in pods on trees in places where it is shady.Cacao Pods

Cocoa Farm Dominican Republic

Chocolate Plantation

They have a long pole with a sharp blade to cut down the pods.
Cacao Pod Insides

You can taste the pulpy insides, it tastes sweet and sour. It was very sticky. The beans are inside.Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

Cacao Tree Cacao Tree Dominican Child Cacao PodCacao Beans

They leave the beans in the sun to dry them out.

Cacao Beans

They cook them till the outer shell is crispy and loose.Cacao Beans Cacao Beans

Then, at the expense of your finger tips you peel off the paper like outer shell from the hot beans.Chocolate Plantation Cacao Beans

They add brown sugar, cocoa powder, water, fresh leaves from orange trees, whole cloves, and a stick of cinnamon.
Dominican Hot Chocolate

BEST hot chocolate you will EVER have!!!!Cocoa Farm Dominican Republic

  1. Darcy

    March 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Oh my goodness what an adventure :) The process must be worth the end result.

  2. Hogga

    April 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    that looks like so much fun!

  3. The Drifters Blog

    April 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    That is the coolest post on cacao! I stayed at a cacao farm in Costa Rica a few years ago, but it was just overnight, and we left early the next morning. I never got to experience about this whole process, but wish I had stayed now!

  4. Anja Maria Philippe

    April 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing your adventures with us, Anna! I love your photo-journalism style and great attitude.

  5. Somewhere Salty

    April 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Mmmmmmm I can almost taste the hot chocolate! Thank you for the great photos :) I would love to have been there.

  6. Jonathan Danger Gibbons Phd

    April 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Anna,
    Serious thanks for all the updates, photos and links. I love that you take your blog so seriously and I'm sure I speak for all your followers when I say it brightens up our day :)
    You win at life and are a motivator to all! Please keep the posts coming.
    All the best!

  7. Edwin Planas

    April 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Great experience, like the pictures and the explanation of the process. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. Lizi Tan

    April 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    besides ur cool adventures, love the sea activities, ur dares never fails to surprise us! Now? this is a learning new eye explorer to share. thanks Anna for ur lovely new finds & the little unknown processes which truly amazes

  9. Courtney

    April 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a very delicious adventure!!

  10. Petra

    April 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    One day I want to see this for myself. what a great adventure!

  11. Maile Gonzalez

    April 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Girl you are an amazing inspiration to all of us! Many of us see the world through your eyes…and through your camera lens! lol! Thanks for sharing your journey. Thanks for bringing the world to us! :)

  12. M. Carmouche

    April 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Awesome pictures! I loved how you deconstructed the process of real Hot Cocoa from bean to cup!

  13. Mary Fischer Carmouche

    April 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Anna…I loved the pictures deconstructing the process from bean to cup! I bet that cup of Hot Cocoa had been delicious!! Thanks for posting and allowing us to see a glimpse of a world we might not be able to experience ourselves!

  14. Ana Bakker

    April 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing! The colors in these pictures is so rich, love them!

  15. Tamsin

    April 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Awesome photos! I wanna try some!

  16. Rose Rodriguez

    April 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    You inspire me to travel the world and explore my full potential.

  17. Darcy

    April 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Who knew it took so many steps? Great informational post, Anna. :)

  18. Liz Herrera

    April 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    This is amazing. This makes me want to travel to places like these! Thanks for the pictures

  19. Therese Gierens

    May 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I really love all your pictures :) First I read your blog when I still lived in Germany, but now that I live in the US it is soooo much more interesting and exciting to read all your post :) I would love to travel the world and have some similair experiences :)
    Thanks for doing this :) U give me so much motivation to do the same :) Thanks <3.

    • The Legendary Adventures of Anna

      May 7, 2013 at 5:42 am

      Hi Therese, I am leaving for a trip so I really need to hear from you so I can get your coffee in the mail before I leave-please message me ASAP!

  20. Sam Qadir

    May 1, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Beautiful pictures as always. And an excellent way to drink coffee.

  21. Ron | Active Planet Travels

    May 1, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Reminds me of when I visit a small village off Isla Bastimentos in Panama. One of the locals there that barely spoke english, as friendly as could be, offered me a cup of brown tea. I learned from the guy that brought me there that this was fresh made Cacao tea, brewed that day. Was absolutely refreshing!

  22. Mark M

    May 1, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Sounds like some incredible times. I would love to visit someday!

  23. Maya

    May 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and adventure! Keep it up and hopefully you can turn it into a book!

  24. Christian

    May 1, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Hi Anna,

    thank you not only for those pictures up there but for all of them on facebook as well. life enhancing experiences, definitely!

    btw, i loovveee coffee 😉

  25. Lisa Cavazos

    May 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Does what she loves, and loves what she does!

  26. Shelley Twitchell

    May 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I look forward to all your posts! And your pictures tell an awesome story. The green fruit in the picture, the one cut in half, is well known for it’s cancer killing properties. It’s amazing that it seems to be so common there. Thank you for sharing. Your page is my favorite on fb.

  27. Paul

    May 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Very nice story line and pictures. You appear to live a very fun and interesting life. Enjoy!

  28. Karolina Florczak

    May 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I have never seen cacao beans it's so amazing! I want visit this place!

  29. Kari A. Rolon

    May 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Yum!! That sounds delicious! Very nice pictures of the process too :)

  30. Danik TravBuddy

    May 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Great photos and always love reading your blogs. Smiles from the uk

  31. Teresa Nelson

    May 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    mmm. yum!

  32. Majdi Sheikh

    May 2, 2013 at 4:08 am

    choose me !! ^_^

  33. Jeff

    May 2, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Very impressed and saving for my own journey soon. Your path has been inspiring to follow. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Jesse Renda

    May 2, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I’m here for the coffee….

    Bahaha kidding. Pictures look amazing, Anna. I know I don’t get the opportunity to say it when you’re in town but I am very proud of you. I love you Vawsey,


    Seriously, Sean and I are dying. We need. Coffee.

  35. Krissy Munzlinger

    May 2, 2013 at 4:30 am

    awesome! would love to have hot chocolate and coffee in such a beautiful place! very nice pictures!

  36. Patty Hingst

    May 2, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I think it's so awesome that you are getting to travel at such a young age. Godspeed!

  37. Cristina Valente

    May 2, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Hi Anna! I am working 2 full time jobs! 80 hours a week with 4 hour gaps to take a nap in between both! All so I can visit Iceland and Thailand by the end of the year! I'll take any free coffee I can get to stay awake! Thanks!

  38. Andrew

    May 2, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Have you done Africa yet?

  39. Angie Grzelak

    May 2, 2013 at 5:15 am

    awesome traveling marketing! you're a pro that deserves to win!

  40. Deepali Nijhawan

    May 2, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Have seen awesome places through your pictures 😉

  41. Deepali

    May 2, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Because my husband loves his morning cup of coffee an why better than delicious shade grown Dominican Republic 😉

  42. Deepali

    May 2, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Because my husband loves his morning cup of coffee and what better than delicious personalised shade grown Dominican Republic 😉

  43. Jose Galvez

    May 2, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Awesome pictures thank yiu for sharing them with us! :)

  44. Jess Follis

    May 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

    You make me want to get out in the world so badly.That's definitely something all your stories and these wonderful tales you tell through your photos has instilled in me, to make sure Julian sees the world and experiences more than just our culture.I love what you're doing baby girl.Keep it up. <3

  45. Francisco

    May 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That sounds amazing! I’ve always wanted to go there along with New Zealand!

  46. Matthew Steven Cullom

    May 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Very cool and informative, I hope you win Anna!!! Is that why chocolate is so expensive, because of the tedious labor involved with removal of the outer paper shell??? I was just curious…. Good luck and safe travels! :-)

  47. Seth P.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    As someone who roasts their own coffee beans and even looked into roasting cocoa beans, I find this highly awesome and super great. I can only imagine how insanely good that hot chocolate tasted!

  48. Hannah

    May 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    this is seriously so cool :)

  49. Shawnda Wells

    May 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your amazing travels – thank you for sharing them with us!!!! And take me with you to the DR!!! :)

  50. Gutyfhn Hgdjk

    May 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Mmmm : P.

  51. Zlivan Gljivan

    May 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Oh how I would love to be in your shoes. :) Beautifull. I imagine that smells of coffee were amazing.

  52. Vanessa

    May 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Loved the photos! It’s always so amazing to see where food comes from.

  53. Bill J. Humphrey

    May 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Free coffee and only 44 comments. I think you should try again and have it be free chocolate! Nice selection of pictures. I think you should download a copy of MarsEdit to make it a little easier to format the pictures for your WordPress blog (and tag it, and pull quotes, and schedule posts etc).

  54. Michele Beck

    May 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Awesome photos Anna. You are living the dream! Good for you! And I love seeing all the places you visit and truly get into the cultures not just touristy things. My daughter lives in Brazil if you want o go there. She would love to show you around!

  55. Nina

    May 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I went to the DR last summer for 6 weeks! Had homemade coffee every morning :) I miss it so much!

  56. Monica Sanchez Avila

    May 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    WOoow! I’m planning a trip with my boyfriend to travel around the world. Your blog and pictures are very inspiring, even if we don’t get to travel as much it’s still nice to see the world through other people’s experiences such as yours. Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey and never stop exploring! 😀 – Cheers from Mexico

    • J Isner

      May 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Mmmmm coffee

  57. Ariana Morningsong

    May 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    The D.R. What a beautiful country. And such great coffee!

  58. Todd DeTar

    May 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Anna! Beautiful pics. I’ve never tried coffee from there.
    The coffee that I’ve enjoyed the most was from Kona,
    Hawaii. I purchased the beans from a coffee farm that
    Had been growing coffee for over a hundred years, amazing!
    At any rate, I truly enjoy your blogs/pics/posts! Thanks

  59. Todd DeTar

    May 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Ps, completely jealous about that Chocolate!! :)

  60. Catharine Hunter

    May 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I want your job. I need that coffee just to keep up with your fantastic pictures and posts while I waste away in this dungeon under an airport terminal, watching other people travel around the world every day…*le sigh*

    (Kidding…I love my job! Almost as much as I love coffee!)

  61. Joe LaRoche

    May 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Awesome photos, awesome blog, awesome travels and awesome looks-keep it going and have fun while it lasts!

  62. Esther Chuang

    May 4, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Hello Anna! I hope you had an amazing week, I had a great week in Puerto Rico, way too much fun!!! Thank you so much for your recommendations about Puerto Rico, about the “gasolina”, I was at a local restaurant/bar and the owner game me one for free :) I thought of you when you sent me the guide to Puerto Rico, I enjoyed my time in PR very much and I hope to meet you very soon. By the way, I love coffee and your BLOG!!!

  63. Max Horvath

    May 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I need some extra strong beans to wake me up on Monday morning… M..

  64. Tiffany Douglas

    May 4, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    amazing dude. I'm glad I met ya so I can see these sweet adventures outta country :)

    • Thomas Olivares

      May 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Hey send me a messege sometimes so I know your alright ok?

  65. Paul

    May 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Nice pics and website! Always enjoy seeing the pics and hearing the stories of your travels. Keep up the good work!

  66. Kyle

    May 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Enjoy your site, the detailed posts with pics are fun to read. Looking forward to more tips and whenever you come out with a guide. :)

  67. Clem

    May 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

    enjoy seeing your trips! lets enjoy some coffee!

  68. Gloria

    May 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

    One of my very first trips, was to Colorado, when I was about your age. One of my memories of that trip was waking every morning to some awesome robust coffee looking out at the mountains in Awe! Maybe our taste buds connect with our visual senses!! When I read your posts…it takes me back to that first adventure and many there after. Traveling is a enormous gift, to see this beautiful world and have a “taste” of what God has given us!

  69. Justin Peters

    May 6, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Anna you’re so amazing. I want to travel with you!

  70. Melanie

    May 6, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Your pictures and posts make me want to travel to the D.R.! Absolutely amazing!

  71. Tracy Weidemann

    May 6, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Love your pictures! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  72. Julia Van Klinken Myers

    May 6, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Nothing better than Chocolate, coffee and adventure!

  73. Benjamin Franco

    May 6, 2013 at 1:56 am

    You take amazing photos! I have the same adventure bug!

  74. Benjamin Franco

    May 6, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Always great to see your beautiful photos. I have travelled extensively myself (not as much as you unfortunately, but trying to!). Thanks for sharing your adventures with the world.

  75. Courtney

    May 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I love coffee and traveling–awesome!

  76. Andrew Walker

    May 6, 2013 at 2:37 am

    You inspire me. Very impressed with you ability to immerse yourself in new situations… it takes a rare breed. kudos to you…perhaps our paths will cross one day. -Andrew (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

    ps. i’ll be solo backpacking and scuba diving in thailand may 15-31..staying at NapPark in Bankgkok..haven’t decided where to stay in Phuket yet… i know you’re busy but feel free to msg me with any suggestions.

  77. Jessie

    May 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Such cool/inspiring pictures!
    Cafe con leche por favor was the first phrase I HAD to learn when travelling in Spain
    Coffee coffee coffee :)
    Happy travels!

  78. Kacie Fenner

    May 6, 2013 at 2:53 am


    I’m so glad I found your facebook and blog! Super jealous of the hot chocolate as I’m a complete chocoholic. :) Can’t wait to see where your travels take you next. Thanx for sharing.


  79. Annie Pressley

    May 6, 2013 at 3:02 am

    That is awesome! I have never heard of travel nanny. I was a nanny in Switzerland once.

  80. Rhobby San Agustin

    May 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I been hunting for a honda moped like the one in the 8th picture.

  81. Greg purri

    May 6, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Wow fresh. chocolate and fresh coffee! I cannot wait to follow your footsteps totheDominican Republic

  82. Alex Short

    May 6, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Love all your adventures. Love traveling and coffee… Keep up your awesome lifestyle.☀

  83. Ian Ord - Where Sidewalks End

    May 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

    That looks ridiculously delicious! What a fun experience!! I’ll have to get over there the next time I pass through the DR to give this a shot :) Thanks for sharing!

  84. Ryan

    May 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Anna,
    Great shots and thanks again for letting my wife and I borrow your computer in the coffe shop… Nice meeting you and safe travels!

  85. Jean Delgado

    May 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Me need coffee. Me like coffee. Old woman. Coffee make life livable.

  86. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

    May 7, 2013 at 2:05 am

    What a great experience! I absolutely love the Dominican Republic. I’m making note of that hot chocolate recipe – sounds so good! The Dominican Republic has really great coffee as well.

  87. Lew

    May 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Tell me, does it smell amazing? I love the smell of hot chocolate.

  88. Nandu Vishan

    January 13, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Nice…, Welcome to Gods own country…

  89. sol

    April 22, 2014 at 4:32 am

    That’s so nice. Great to see where chocolate came from.

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  92. Anonymous

    March 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Thank you Anna. You have really done it. I hope to travel much too but still busy

  93. Mahmoud Mahdavi

    August 10, 2015 at 6:27 am

    With complement and express my special thanks for your guidance and I hope to see you soon and travel all over the world together with , and moreover , I hereby invite you to come to Iran and I’ll be at your service during your stay in Iran and warmly welcome you sweetie .
    Nice to see you soon and take care of yourself , bye bye .

  94. Josef Blouta

    August 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    amazing photos I
    Love all your adventures


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