For the past five years, CFFI has partnered with École Hôtelière de Montréal's baking and pastry department to offer an immersive learning experience to a group of select students.
President of CFFI Dorise Kowalewski, standing to the right with her faithful dog Cannelle, works hard every year to bring Immersion Cacao to life. Here she is joined by students on CFFI'S farm where not only cocoa, but many fruits including passion fruits (seen in tree beside her), grow. This cultivation of cocoa and fruit side-by-side is what makes Grenada's chocolate so delicious.
The group spends a week in Grenada learning about the process of cocoa extraction and chocolate production right where it happens—in the fields and at the Jouvay factory. The group sees firsthand the hard work it takes to pick cocoa beans, tastes the sweet tanginess of cacao pulp, and takes in the unique smells of cocoa fermentation.
The inside of a cacao bean, held by student Nelly Satchivi.
The students learn to make cocoa juice, and experiment with small batch bean-to-bar chocolate making process—which becomes knowledge they’ll bring back to the classroom in Montréal.
The students, pictured alongside Professors Dominique Ostré, J-M David, and François Matthey, geared up to make chocolate.