Join Jeffrey Stern on an exciting chocolate-focused tour. April and May are prime harvest months for cacao in Ecuador. While there can be some rain, it´s always warm and harvest activities are at their peak during these months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Jeff Stern is a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine culinary school in Gaithersburg, MD, where he graduated with honors. He has been leading chocolate tours for the past four years in Ecuador, both on his own and with Ecole Chocolat.
He holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University and a M.Sc. from the University of Texas at Austin. With over a decade of experience in the culinary field, and over six years in the chocolate industry, he has significant hands-on experience. Based in Quito, Ecuador for the past 7 years, he owns and operates an artisan chocolate
business with both local and international clients.
Living in Ecuador, the world’s largest producer of fine aroma cacao, has allowed Jeff to establish relationships with cacao growers, processors, and others at all levels of the chocolate supply chain. He is fluent in Spanish and knows the ins and outs of the cacao trade in Ecuador through firsthand experience.
You can book directly through our website, call us on 858 222 0332, or send us an email to get started. Once you agree to book the tour, we can take your credit card over the phone or invoice you via Paypal.
We have several pre-scheduled tours throughout the year you can sign up for. If one of these does not meet your needs or schedule, please contact us and we can work with you to arrange other options.
English is spoken on the entire tour and many of our hosts we will visit also speak English, as well as French, German, or another language. We also provide interpretation to English as needed at sites we visit.
Expect to spend several hours each day on your feet at cocoa plantations, cocoa traders, and factories. While there is not a great deal of walking involved, you will be on your feet and getting on and off the tour bus frequently.
While distances are not that great in Ecuador, truck traffic and two lane highways often make travel slow. We try to organize our tours so that maximum travel time never exceeds five hours in one day. Most days, travel times are shorter or travel is broken up with multiple stops.
Every effort is made to accommodate dietary requests, within reason. While some of your options may be slightly limited, we can accommodate vegetarians.