With the first cacao trees planted in 2013, Zaguate Chocolate began at the crossroads of opportunity and passion. Owners Kent Nelson and Robert Hunter realized that the growing conditions on their Costa Rica farm are perfect for growing a variety of heirloom cacao.
This provided the opportunity to combine excellent terroir with the owners’ passions for ecosystem protection, permaculture farming, and great chocolate.
Farm to Bar Company —
In Costa Rica “zaguate” is a term of endearment for feisty street dogs that have an innate ability to survive and thrive in spite of obstacles they may face. Zaguates are loyal, cautious, dedicated, smart and loving. Every Costa Rican has a soft spot in their hearts for their local zaguates.
the cacao beans are cultivated, harvested and transformed into premium dark chocolate bars. Control of the process never leaves the caring hands of the owners.