Choco-Latte was founded in 2014 to marry two of the world’s great flavors—coffee and cacao (chocolate). Two of the owners spend the winter in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico. San Cristobal is in the state of Chiapas, the southwestern-most state of Mexico, high in the mountains at 7,000 feet. In the lowlands surrounding the mountain, some of the finest chocolate and coffee in the world is grown by small, family owned farms. The chocolate is of the Criollo variety, widely regarded as the highest quality chocolate available.
Our goal at CHOCO-LATTE is to buy organic cacao and coffee at a fair market price direct from co-ops or the farmers themselves and bring it to you here in the United States. We not only focus on where we are getting the chocolate and coffee but of course on how we are preparing it for you at our café. Only the highest quality equipment is used and hours of training is required of our baristas before they are ready to pull a shot of espresso for you. Eventually we hope to have 100% of our chocolate coming from Chiapas and a majority of our coffees, although we intend to continue to offer high quality gourmet coffees from around the world as well.
Choco-Latte will be exhibiting the photographs of Sargent Collier for the month of July and part of August. The exhibit will go on display coinciding with Bar Harbor Art Walk on July 1st and will remain on display until August 4th. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Sargent Collier was a photo-journalist and author whose family has summered in Bar Harbor for many years. Mr. Collier wrote several books on Acadia National Park including The Triumph of George Dorr. Photographs of Acadia National Park from the 1940s and 1950s will be on display.
In addition, Choco-Latte plans to celebrate by offering unique house-made centennial chocolates featuring local ingredients, and new house drink specials!