The chocolate island
The small island of São Tomé is principally home to animals, including parrots and turtles. It was one the first African islands to welcome the New World’s cocoa trees.
The Vila Gracinda Plantation, located by the sea, enhances the aromatic richness of its cocoa trees with a hint of iodine from the Atlantic Ocean spray. The beans are harvested by hand using traditional methods.
During the fermentation process, the beans are placed in large wooden containers covered with banana leaves.