We make the most delicious chocolate possible while building and maintaining healthy and valuable relationships with our global community, our planet and each other.
Ryan Cheney was introduced to chocolate making at a yoga school on a beautiful island in Thailand, where he was excited by the flavors of unroasted cocoa beans. Inspired by companies with social missions, he founded Raaka to explore low-temperature chocolate making and create a more equitable global society in which communities have
After spending a year learning bean-to-bar chocolate making, Ryan teamed up with Nate Hodge, a musician and
Accessibility: Bathroom is not wheelchair accessible
This was an intense, informative and fun introduction to the process of making chocolate by an enthusiastic and interesting presenter. Though one might think from the course name that you were going to crush, clean, grind, melt, temper and mold your own chocolate bars, more accurately you will learn how the first 5 steps, along with wrapping each bar, evolved at Raaka from drudgingly doing them by hand to the (often unique) mechanized systems they now have in place. Along the way, you do get to mold and flavor 3 of your very own Raaka Chocolate bar creations and end with a tasting of many of Raaka's chocolate flavors. You will leave with a deeper appreciation of one of life's little, complex pleasures!
Informative and fun tour! Great (and abundant) chocolate tasting too...
I wish there was more stuff to do, but I found the course to be very informative and fun!
The tour was really nice & informative but the "making' part /workshop was very simple
Highly recommended! If you go to Raaka's official website, a tour is $10 and a class (including the tour) is $50, although sometimes its $75 on Coursehorse! The tour lasted for 1 hour and 20 mins and the actual 'chocolate making' lasted 10 mins for the group of 12, and is only a 2 to 3 MINUTE LONG PROCESS for each person - it consisted of catching ready-made chocolate in a mold, spreading it out/tempering using a vibrating machine, and then sprinkling toppings on (the chocolate cools and hardens super fast so u need to get the toppings on fast if you want them to stick), then refrigerate for 30 mins while the tour goes on. You get to keep 3 bars that you make (you can buy 3 bars of raaka chocolate for $15 at the factory). I'm giving it 4 stars because we had a blast - the tour guide was great, it was informative and fun, learned a lot about the bean to bar process, got to taste beans and chocolate at different stages, and it was fun to make our own bars. But keep in mind it might not be the best value since for a tour (which is already awesome in itself!) and 3 bars of professionally-made raaka chocolate it would cost only 25$.
Fun and educational. Great to see a local business grow.
This class/tour was amazing! Very knowledgable and friendly tour guide/host. Taught us all about making chocolate and then we sampled lots of different varieties and made 3 bars of our own. I'd highly recommend it to a friend. Great date idea.
Great class, loved the tour, tasting, and chocolate making. Loses a star because it was advertised as being 2 hours long and barely lasted 80 minutes.
Informative, friendly tour. I think the chocolate at the factory tasted better than the bars I brought home.
I enjoyed the class a lot; the staff were very knowledgeable and informative, and I learned a lot about the chocolate making process. I think the only comment I would make is that I probably expected a bit more involvement in the making process, rather than just pouring some ready made chocolate into a mould. I only say this because it was advertised as a 'chocolate-making' course. However, this is just a minor comment, otherwise it was great!