‘Commune’ is a pretty big word. What, with all its Jonestown massacre undertones and joint-biodegrading-in-dreadlock mythologies. But hit dictionary.com and you’ll find its true definition is not so bad. PachaMama, found in a valley on the northwest coast of Costa Rica, is a commune. And a pretty great one at that. If you’ve ever been tantalized by the concept of running into the wild, hair braided, clothes off and iPhone tossed behind you, this is the place to do it.
Recently, my best friend Mary Beth brought back some vanilla bean from her trip to Costa Rica and opened a whole new world for me. I didn’t realize how much went into harvesting some of the most common spices in the world, such as cinnamon and vanilla.
This is not the kind of hot cocoa you’ll get out of one those tiny bags with the dehydrated marshmallows (which may or may not be my guilty pleasure). Nope, Talamanca Cocoa is taking it to a whole other level. This is about creating a ‘product ecosystem‘. Getting a little too out there? Let’s take it back to the beginning.