We invite you to join us as we explore the world of fine cacao and coffee in Ecuador. We’ll visit farmers and business pioneers in the Ecuadorian chocolate and coffee industries. The tour is led by Jenny Samaniego, a native Ecuadorian and owner of Conexion, and Jody Hayden, owner of Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate.
Dates: Saturday March 11th - Sunday March 19th
Cost/person = $1700 (all in-country expenses including food & lodging, transport, bi-lingual guide, entrance fees, domestic flights, snacks, etc are included). Your flight to and from Quito and travel insurance, which is highly recommended, is not included.
About your Guides:
Jenny Samaniego is founder and owner of Conexion Chocolate and her mission is to celebrate and grow the market for Ecuador's Arriba Nacional cocoa beans. While growing up in Quito, Ecuador and later working in the hospitality industry, she has learned to appreciate the values of exceptional quality and service. After moving to the States and working for international chocolatiers, Jenny began representing Ecuadorian producers. She was incredibly moved by the needs and struggles of our hard-working cocoa farmers, many of them barely earning enough to survive.
Jody Hayden is co-owner of Grocer's Daughter Chocolate and has been working in coffee and chocolate for 16 years. Her career began when she co-founded one of the country's first fair trade coffee roasters in 2002 (Higher Grounds Trading Co) and she has led over a dozen trips to origin throughout Latin America and Africa. At Grocer's Daughter Chocolate, Jody is committed to sourcing high quality chocolate and ingredients from farmers who care about furthering our industry's knowledge and promoting sustainable practices. She is inspired by the work of small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs and is passionate about facilitating exchanges between consumers and farmers in an effort to promote economic justice, cultural understanding.