An afternoon basking in the sun, with a beautiful view and Trinidad cocoa is perfection. As you all know I am a sucker for promoting local and I think everyone needs to understand how much work local vendors put into their crafts. Many people complain about high prices for local goods, but lets be honest taking a product from idea to completion with packaging isn’t easy. Ortinola Great house cocoa is a perfect example.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I joined Nikita, on a tour of the Ortinola Estate grounds. The estate is guarded by giant lush green mountains that captivated you at every turn. The tour took us around the estate where Nikita pointed out the importance of the Trinitario trees, maintenance and the overall grounds. It was fascinating to see how the cocoa goes from pod to chocolate. After cracking the cocoa pods, you manually remove the seeds and place them in a drying house, depending on the weather this process can take weeks.
We closed off our tour with High tea in the Great House. From the outside the house looks like it was frozen in time, almost like a keepsake of Trinidad’s long history with cocoa. The monument has been fully restored to its original beauty, and sitting here sipping on my tea I can only wonder what the walls had witnessed over the last few hundred years.
High tea is a beautiful event for a group of girlfriends, mother- daughter/son dates, or even an afternoon date with a loved one. I mean do we really need an excuse to get dressed up in our sundays best and enjoy the company of our loved ones?
For those interest in a tour and high tea, you can work it out to do one after the other.
**Keep in mind because Ortinola Great House does host private events, tours and high teas must be booked in advance***
- Ladies leave your high heels home, dress to impress with a conservative heel or fun pair of flats
- Book your Ortinola experience at least 2 days in advance
- If you aren’t from the area, feel free to contact Orintola to see if they can help with your travel arrangements
- Bring a fully charged camera
- Bring an umbrella/hat (if you are touring the property)
As always I encourage you to put the phone down, and enjoy the company of the emerald forested mountains, and the sweet sound of the singing birds and the view of the riveting architecture.
Have you been to Ortinola Great House? Let me know how your experience was in the comments below.
Until next time,