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“Great farm tour” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour

Steelgrass Chocolate Farm Tour
5730 Olohena Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI
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Ranked #25 of 58 activities in Kapaa
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Owner description: Chocolate From Branch to Bar begins with a stroll through the Steelgrass gardens, winding among groves of rare black bamboo, tropical flowers, and exotic fruit trees. The focus of the three-hour tour is on chocolate, but you will also experience dozens of exotic plants and flowers, and taste the tropical fruits that are in season as your guides share our family's vision for creating sustainable diversified agriculture on Kauai.Soon we reach the chocolate orchard, where you'll see chocolate trees at all stages of growth, often bearing tiny blossoms that will develop into seed-filled cacao pods. We then move into our chocolate tasting tent, and you sit comfortably in the shade while we demonstrate the many steps involved in processing raw cacao into nibs and then finished chocolate. Cacao is recognized as a powerful health food; as you taste the way fermentation and sun-drying transform the seed's flavor precursors into the rich chocolate we all love, your guide will explain chocolate's antioxidant and other health benefits. Best of all, you’ll enjoy an eleven-course dark chocolate tasting, where you sample rare and delicious chocolates grown and made in Hawaii and all over the world, including Kallari and Republica del Cacao from Ecuador, Valrhona from Madagascar and Trinidad, Guittard from Peru, Santander from Colombia, Felchlin and Taza from the Dominican Republic. You’ll also learn chocolate’s history, from its first discovery by early Meso-American tribes, to its revered status as a divine plant in the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec cultures, to its introduction to Europe in the 1600’s, and finally how an American inventor, Milton Snavely Hershey, made the nickel Hershey bar (1905) and the Hershey’s kiss (1907) enduring American institutions. Our Chocolate from Branch to Bar tour runs from 9AM to noon, and is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Advance reservations are required. Cost for the tour is $60 per person, and children 12 years and under attend free of charge. Steelgrass Farm is located on Kauai's East Side, in the foothills above the town of Kapaa. Once your reservation is confirmed, we will send you written driving directions to the Farm. The Tour is handicapped accessible, and since chocolate trees love moisture, we operate rain or shine.
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“Great farm tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Went on this tour with my husband and two boys aged 7and 5. Adults found the tour very entertaining and fun but the boys were a bit bored so I would say perfect for adults and older kids. And of course the chocolate tasting was great. We also got to taste fantastic fresh fruits as we toured around.

Visited December 2012
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Eastsound, Washington
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“great for a rainy day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This was really a great tour. It's not all about chocolate and that was ok. We learned about a variety of plants and tasted many of the local fruits which was fun because we could go to the farmers market and know what we were buying. The guides were extremely knowledge and a lot of fun. This would be wonderful for kids. They were prepared with the big umbrellas for us and because it's so warm, we didn't really care. The chocolate tasting was under a tent too.

Visited December 2012
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Sacramento, California
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“Delicious and insightful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Of most of the places I went to in Kauai, I thought this was one of the better locations. The tour they guide you through isn't just about chocolate, but many of the other native and invasive flora which have made Hawaii their home, and many of them which have edible goodies to nibble on. They talk about the cultural significance of the foods and plants before eventually working their way into doing the same for the chocolate. They let you taste raw cocoa bean straight from the fruit that bears it, give an overview on the various nutritional aspects of chocolate, and then end it with a sampling of a wide variety of fine chocolates from across the globe. Unfortunately this plantation is not generating its own chocolates, yet, but overall it was a very insightful, relaxing, and delicious tour.

Visited July 2012
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“Great fruit tour and getting to see cacao trees! (and tasting chocolate!)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

A bit pricey, but the staff does a good job of showing you around the farm and letting you sample tropical fruits . They make you laugh all the way to the chocolate tasting tent! The directions to get to the farm are quite entertaining, too. No chocolate is currently made with the cacao trees at this farm, but you get to try 11 different kinds of dark chocolate! A fun and different experience.

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Olympia, Washington
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“Lots of chocolate - from elsewhere.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Well, even though this small farm does NOT produce chocolate, there is a small grove of cacao trees. There are other tropical fruit trees, from which you get fresh tasty samples. The highlight of the tour are the two witty young women guides who are extremely knowledgeable about chocolate and locally grown fruit. When the short walking tour is finished, visitors are provided blind tastes of small pieces of different chocolate bars. We enjoyed the tour but my partner who loves chocolate thought it was a tad too long. We both felt it was a little on the spendy side for what it was. Our friends thought the tour guides should have been a little less pushy about tips. All in all, it was enjoyable.

Visited November 2012
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