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What is Project Chocolat?
Our guides will lead you on a chocolate-making tour, beginning with learning how cacao trees are grafted, before plunging directly into our cacao groves, where we’ll cut a ripe cacao pod from the tree in front of you. You’ll finish in our Beanerie, where you will craft your own handmade bar of chocolate. Tours take place several times a day and include refreshments and lunch.
Project Chocolat is a centre of excellence for sustainable farming, working with our local grower partners to encourage sustainable development in Saint Lucia. Our cacao is from heritage trees; we know our genotypes and have helped the most robust and environmentally efficient to flourish. Cacao demands biodiversity to thrive; you’ll see coconut, mango, citrus and other trees as you walk our rainforest. This in turn encourages fauna from butterflies and other insects to hovering, jewel-like hummingbirds.
Because we know the importance of mementoes of treasured experiences, we’ve dedicated an entire platform of Rabot Market to gifting (for you and them). Pick up your favourite cacao-infused alcohol or beauty treatments, tasteful clothing and bags and – naturally – that signature Rabot Estate chocolate in 50%, 65% and 72% cacao
At the epicentre of Project Chocolat is the cacao. This begins with our unmissable award-winning single-origin chocolate, made with rare, fine-flavour cacao. But you can also explore new taste experiences with the same famed cacao cuisine as our Rabot Restaurant, served at the Market: inspired by our combined West Indian and British heritage, here the bean is used as a subtle, savoury spice – served street-food style.