Organic cocoa beans are sorted at the Pacari factory in Quito, Ecuador. Photos: AFP; Kate Whitehead

From bean to chocolate bar: a tour of Ecuadorean cocoa farms

Chocolate is good for you - and, as Kate Whitehead discovers, tramping through the Amazon rainforest on a tour of Ecuadorean cocoa farms can be just as gratifying

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Organic cocoa beans are sorted at the Pacari factory in Quito, Ecuador. Photos: AFP; Kate Whitehead
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Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead

Kate Whitehead is a freelance journalist who worked on staff at the SCMP before editing Discovery magazine. She is the author of two Hong Kong crime books - After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders - and fully intends that the next book she writes will be less grizzly.