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Saint Lucia’s Fond Doux Plantation, a Unique Caribbean Eco-Hotel

 By Alexander Britell It’s the late evening and Saint Lucia is awake. This is the sound of the island at night, the shake of trees and the call of birds and the calming hum of the natural world. It’s not …

Grenada, the Caribbean Capital of Chocolate

 By Alexander Britell “Cocoa absorbs the flavor of anything around it,” Wendy Anne tells me. That’s the thing about cocoa, the fruit whose fermented seeds are the basis for chocolate — terroir is paramount. Whether it’s mango or papaya or nutmeg, …

The Caribbean’s Chocolate Hotel

 Above: Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell SOUFRIERE — I am a cacao grower. The sun is beaming on this morning in St Lucia. There is little shade among the leaves of …

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 Above: ki-kakaw chocolate Was this chocolate, or an ancient Mayan relief? Well, it was a bit of both. It’s called ki-kakaw, and it’s a special chocolate made in Cancun on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Ki-kakaw is branded with the Mayan symbol …