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Chocolate On The Road: Is Coronavirus Killing Craft Chocolate?

“Having a business is like having children; it doesn’t really make sense money-wise, and it’s the same with a small business.” -Barbara Wilson, Co-Founder of Mindo Chocolate Makers While Covid-19 has ravaged populations around the world, it’s also nearly halted the global economy. Almost every industry around the world is heavily affected, most often in …

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Interview: Jan Schubert, Conservation Leader at Original Beans Chocolate

“I would say… for the farmers we’re working with, [for] eighty percent of them cacao is the most important income solution, but for zero percent it’s their only income.” -Jan Schubert, Conservation Leader at Original Beans Chocolate Jan Schubert works in the cocoa industry in Latin America, largely in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. Focusing on …

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Ecuador Travel Tips: 29 Things to Know Before You Visit

Unsurprisingly, my friends who told me that I would fall in love with Ecuador were right. At the time I wrote this I was sitting in the Quito airport, mentally preparing to leave the remarkable country of Ecuador, and readying for a whole new culture shock in Peru. Though my suitcase was packed, underweight, and …

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Eco-Tourism Guide to Mindo, Ecuador

If you had wandered into the town of Mindo just 15 years ago, you would never have seen advertisements for canyoning or chocolate tours. The infrastructure simply did not exist back then. However, over the past several years, the town just two hours north of capital city Quito has exploded with activity, nowadays earning about …

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Sommelieres and Wine Tastings in Ecuador

Did you know that Ecuador has a thriving viticulture sector? I certainly didn’t realize this until last month, when I met a man in the cafe who started me talking on chocolate (surprise, surprise), and ended up with my email address and website name. Then he took me out for wine. Growing a Fine Food Scene …

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23 Photos of San Cristobal: Galapagos Islands in Just 5 Days

The best way to explain the stunning beauty of San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos is to show it to you. Even the best cameras remain unable to capture the isle as well as my memory has, but who would I be if I didn’t try? Below is a visual timeline of my journey across San …

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