New Chocolate Factory Opens in Asheville


See the bean-to-bar process at the new French Broad Chocolates Factory that just opened in Asheville, North Carolina. Take a free guided tours on Thursday at 6 PM or Saturday at 2 PM. The Tasting Room is open Tuesday-Saturday 12 Noon until 5 PM.

Creators Dan and Jael Rattagan (also owners of the very popular French Broad Chocolate Lounge downtown) use fair trade cacao (cocoa) from Peru to create chocolate for their new line of chocolate bars as well as creations at the Lounge.

Of special note is their rooftop solar production deck. Dan has built a prototype solar cocoa bean roaster. In a cocoa shell: it’s off-grid with a solar-charged battery operated cooling fan and tumbling motor and human-operated solar alignment. The parabolic trough concentrator uses mirrors to reflect solar radiation onto the roasting drum.

See photos and a take video tour with our new guide to this delicious addition to Asheville.

Advertisements

One thought on “New Chocolate Factory Opens in Asheville

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s