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The journey of cacao, from bean to bar, in photos

A photo story exploring how cacao is grown and prepared on the Caribbean.

Costa Rica’s chocolate comeback

Before the Europeans arrived in the Americas on the hunt for gold, the region's indigenous people used money that literally grew on trees. The tiny brown seeds that came to be known as cacao beans held real value, and the Incas, the Aztecs and Costa Rica’s Chorotega people all used cacao as currency. For them, it was worth as much as gold.

Chocolate has new Latin America king as Ecuador edges past Brazil

Ecuador, where the fatty beans used to make chocolate have been grown since pre-Columbian times, is surpassing Brazil as Latin America's top cocoa producer after boosting planting and offering education programs for farmers.
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Costa Rica Birding: Meet the Little Tinamou

Forty-six species of tinamous inhabit the Americas with five calling Costa Rica home. Today we discuss the little tinamou, a secretive little bird that...

Homelessness in Costa Rica: A Personal Journey of Compassion

Homelessness is a growing worldwide problem and Costa Rica is not immune. In the past 25 years, I have witnessed the homeless population in...

Drug Trafficking Crackdown: Costa Rican Police Nab Mexican Suspect

The Costa Rican Police arrested a Mexican citizen this Friday who is wanted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for drug trafficking...