We met in 2004 and within the year knew we wanted to travel the world together, or at least start off with a chunk of it. During those months of backpacking (with a duffel bag full of books and an accumulation of battle scars), we kept each other up under reed roofs and in rain-drenched shacks dreaming big, vague dreams. In time, we came back, hunkered down, got married, worked hard for good causes, had a kid and then were expecting another when we remembered those big and vague dreams. Feeling like our entire future hinged on this, we quit our jobs and whisked the family off into the jungles of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, as soon as our second child was born.
And we four sweltered in a fecund jungle. It was beautiful. It was challenging. It was liberating. It was also home to cacao. There, we met local growers and artisanal chocolatiers. There, our big, vague dreams started to take shape. Knowing we would eventually need to return to Atlanta, we learned from local chocolatiers the secrets of making craft bean-to-bar chocolate and started to plant the seed for a bean-to-bar chocolate factory that would have roots deep in Atlanta and bud into a place of pura vida ("the pure life; real living") in which we thrived in the Costa Rican jungles. And Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate was born. We hope our chocolate will provide you with the same sense of contentment and adventure from which it originally came.
--Founders, Elaine Read & Matt Weyandt
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