Belize for Maya Mountain Cacao tour, 2013

Belize for Maya Mountain Cacao tour, 2013

Hello, this is Rebecca here, chocolate maker for Sweet Minou.

I remember once being stopped at a corner downtown Omaha with my dad. It was a summer day, sun ablaze, windows down in our car. He looked over at a man busking (I don’t even remember now what he was playing), listened awhile and said: musicians are lucky, they get to do what they love and make people happy every day.

For some reason I think of this moment a lot, I think because in a way I’m a kind of stunted musician. Music was abundant in our house growing up - my parents used to pull the cushions out of the couches and my big sister and I would jump on them as my dad played his Bruce Springsteen records. My parents met dancing at a reggae concert; I grew up and played trombone and piano, took dance lessons. And it’s really never stopped for me. If I’m not listening to music I’m playing it in my head, and I realized that actually, that is what Sweet Minou chocolate is. The same emotion, the same beats that get you moving - that’s what I feel when I’m making the chocolate (and also eating it :)

I hope this transfers over to you as you enjoy it. We get to work with some truly amazing cacao, from some wonderful people around the world who work so hard and deserve so much for it, and the least we can do is transform it into an experience to admire and feel its beauty. I do love making chocolate, and like my dad said, I hope it makes you happy too.

La Citadelle Laferrière, Haiti, 2017

La Citadelle Laferrière, Haiti, 2017