Established by Big Tree Farms in 2011, the Bamboo Chocolate Factory is the largest commercial bamboo structure in the world. It boasts 40,000 acres of certified organic land, producing some of Bali’s most delicious chocolate treats.
How Does the Farm Work?
Big Tree Farms began operations in 2000 as a very small business. They’ve now grown into one of the biggest producers of sustainable produce in Indonesia. They provide livelihoods to almost 10,000 local farmers. The farm is situated near Ubud and Densapar, making it very accessible to visitors and tours are both informative and delicious! Each guided tour lasts an hour and visitors can check out cocoa beans being processed into chocolate bars. The best part? Visitors are free to sample the farm’s cocoa products, including hot chocolate and choco bars! Tours of the factory are focused on making chocolate treats, so it’s definitely a great excursion to bring the kids along to.
You Can Learn the Tricks of the Trade
First, the organic cacao beans grown from Bali and Sumatra are broken down into nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground further in a machine and then separated in small batches. The cocoa beans are processed into another machine, grounded down to a fine powder, which takes about 8 hours!
The end-product is then used in two ways. One, it will be combined with coconut palm sugar to create chocolate bars. The other way is crushing five kilograms of chocolate for an hour in order to create less than 2 kilograms of cocoa butter.
There’s Lots of Goodies!
Chocolate is the primary merchandise sold in the factory. Nevertheless, guests can check out other products by the Chocolate factory. Big Tree Farms offer a diverse set of products including the world’s first certified organic liquid coconut palm nectar which is the early stage of palm sugar. They have everything from cashew nuts to raw organic cocoa.
The factory currently only runs one tour a day, so you should plan ahead if you’re thinking of making a visit. The cost for one person rounds out at about 35,000 rupiahs for those who schedule in advance and 50,000 rupiahs for walk-ins.
Have you visited the Bamboo Chocolate Factory? Let us know your favourite Bali chocolate treat!