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Tropical Chocolate Cafe: more than a passion
Tropical Chocolate Café is one of the few places in Panama where you can taste chocolate made with 100% Panamanian cocoa. The shop was created to offer the highest quality product, manufactured carefully, handmade which is characterized by a unique local flavor.
The coffee shop, located in Casco Antiguo is on one side the official shop of the celebrated chocolate bars Oro Moreno, but it also sells bonbons that combine different percentage chocolate content with passion fruit, coriander, hot peppers (aji chombo), cashew and other typical Panamanian flavors.
The chocolate factory is owned by the reforestation company Forest Finance and is an essential part of its sustainable agriculture program. One of its farms is located in Bocas del Toro, where the Gnobe community harvests the cocoa used to produce the Tropical Chocolate Café’s chocolates.
Even the furniture and a great part of the shop’s decoration have been made with the byproducts of the cocoa trees, always complying with national and international legislation, environmental restrictions and fair commerce policies and local demand.
The Tropical Chocolate Cafe administrator, Carolina Buglione, said that this place is not only a temple for chocolate lovers, but also a platform to launch locally and regionally, the Panamanian cocoa culture and offers other native cocoa local producers and artisans a space in which they can promote their products. Their door is always open.
The shop has chocolate tastings and diverse activities during the week and every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. there are storytellers for children. If you are lucky and Carolina is at the café, she can tell you the history of the cacao and explain how bonbons are made, while you eat a few accompanied by cup of Geisha coffee from Boquete or an expresso made with beans from Volcan.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: calle 6ta. Oeste, Casco Antiguo.
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