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“Thoroughly Entertaining”

Agapey Chocolate Factory
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Chocolate Factory Tour in Barbados
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Private Chocolate Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Located in the heart of downtown, let the chocolate aroma lure you to visit the only artisan chocolate maker on the island. Come and explore the rich history of chocolate with illustrative exhibits and antique vintage machinery and even explore, taste and learn the traditional way of chocolate making on special limited tours.
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Pulling up to the rather insalubrious frontage of the dockside warehouse where Agapey is located (it IS a working docks after all, so one should expect nothing else) one wonders how it is that here, beside the looming cranes and towering cruiseliners, Derrick Hastick, can produce some of the finest chocolate I've tasted in years of cooking professionally. In a small-ish unit, the former chemical engineer has put together a wonderful little self-contained chocolate factory, where the whole process takes place on one floor, from bean to bar. The 'tour' involves a very entertaining yet technically detailed discussion about the origins of the cocoa plant and its early usage, followed by a tasting of roasted beans and a few samples of chocolate. There then follows an exciting look at the various bits of equipment required to make the chocolate itself, from a wonderful vintage roasting kettle to a granite-stone mill that presses the cocoa beans to the fine paste which begins to look like the finished article. Derrick also makes his own machinery (his engineering background comes in handy, when new and even reconditioned units can be prohibitively expensive to buy and import) for use in the process. Throughout, everything is explained fully, and questions answered. More importantly, one is encouraged to taste the chocolate at all the various stages, so your palate is taken on a journey along with you as you learn the various refining and finessing processes. At the end, at which point the finished bars are available for purchase - exact money, please! - one feels that one has really learned a lesson, albeit entertainingly, and Derrick is a charming and knowledgeable guide to the manufacture of this, one of the most fascinating foods on Earth. Agapey is most definitely worth a visit, even if you're staying just for a few hours. New products are planned, adding to the already impressive range, so future visitors will have even more reason to book a tour. So, my advice is: head down to the docks and learn more about chocs.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

After reading about Agapey we had to visit last week when we stopped in Barbados for the day.
What a great way to spend your morning, you get to see how artisan chocolate is made then you get to eat it!
Derrick the owner of Agapey personally introduces you to the process. He was informative and very enthusiastic about sharing his passion with us. It was well worth the small fee that you are charged.
I highly recommend making this one of your must sees in Barbados!

Thank NewJerseyBakergal
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

I don't remember how I found Agapey Chocolate but I'm sure glad I did. Making reservations on the web site was very simple and provided great directions. Derrick's presentation about the process of making chocolate was wonderful and very informative. We tasted different sugars, chocolates and cocoa beans from around the world. We learned enough to recognize cocoa pods at other stops on our cruise. Derrick showed us all the equipment made in the process of making chocolate. We could feel Derrick's passion for making chocolate. We had teh opportunity to purchase Agapey chocolate bars at the end of the presentation. Which of course we did. I would recommend this tour to everyone that visits Barbados. I hope to see Agapey Chocolate at retailers in the US soon.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

after reading about this on trip advisor, I went to the web site of "agapey chocolate factory" which is how you sign up for the tour $15 US dollars pp. Great tour, informative and the chocolate is some of the best. The colgate building which the factory is housed is backed to the cruise port it is just walking around the port and getting to the facory that is tricky, but the locals were great and helpful as we walked along to find the factory.

Thank emeott
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Agapey Chocolate factory tour is something you can walk to, is close to the cruise ship and doesn't take a large amount of time or money. Besides, you get to taste chocolate made on the site and discover for yourself how important the quality of ingredients that make up chocolate are to the final product. Derrick, the owner, gave the tour of his facility and explained how all the ingredients are put together for fine chocolate. You also get a history of chocolate making and of the Caribbean ingredients that go into his chocolate. This is a small group tour, so the setting is very personal with plenty of time for questions and tasting. There is no air conditioning, so wear appropriate clothing. I would highly recommend this tour to all chocolate lovers.
You are given directions to get the Derrick's factory but I would suggest you print out the picture of the front of the building because that is what you see from the street. The part of the building where Agapey is located is on the back side of the building. I would also suggest that as you exit the cruise port take the first street to the left for the most direct route. We went the long way but saw Chefette and that let us know we were on the right track. Depending on your pace, it should take 10-15 minutes after leaving the port.

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