Bitter Beans

It's funny how scarcity makes us appreciate other cultures and "exotic" goods. I was roasting cacao today when my weekly banana bread salesman showed up with the customary Tico whistle. I offered him some of my smoothie (bananas, ice, milk, peanut butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed, coconut oil - in case you're curious) and a roasted cacao bean. He'd never had...