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Culpeper Times • January 3-9, 2019
LOCAL NEWS Cocoa Manna a yummy stop along Sperryville Pike ➤ ‘Mosebrook scoops handfuls of the world’s finest cocoa beans from heavy burlap sacks stamped Belize, Bolivia and Peru’ By John McCaslin Rappahannock News staff Karen Mosebrook has certainly found her niche in life, and we can all be thankful for that. How many “bean to bar” chocolatiers are there, after all, in these Blue Ridge foothills? A three minute drive south of the Rappahannock County line along the Sperryville Pike, it’s difficult to miss Mosebrook’s unique chocolate making enterprise, Cocoa Manna.
Housed in an old-fashioned filling station, its antique fuel pumps are now whimsically transformed into pink and blue people greeters, like something out of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. While Mosebrook has been producing popular Cocoa Manna Fine Brewing Cocoa at her Boston location since 2012 — “I do the brewing chocolate from roasted ground cocoa beans,” she rightfully boasts — it’s only been a year-and-a-half since she’s created delicious chocolate bars from scratch, er, beans. “I get in cocoa beans from different origins and I make it all the way — roast it, grind it, winnow it,” says the chocolatier, explaining various steps of the intriguing (scientific, actually) chocolate making process. “It goes into a stone grinder like ➤ See Cocoa, Page 5
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Chocolatier Karen Mosebrook's famous "bean-to-bar" chocolate is made fresh from the finest cocoa beans imported from Central and South America.
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