Our Story: The Beginning – Costa Rica
When Dan and Jael met in 2003, the course of each of their lives began to orient towards cacao and chocolate. After a trip to the cacao-rich jungles of Costa Rica, Jael and Dan made the decision to move there, and settle in a small village called Puerto Viejo de Limon on the southern Caribbean coast. They each dropped out of graduate school (Jael was studying business; Dan, law), packed their lives into a 40-foot, vegetable oil-powered school bus turned cozy mobile home, and drove to Costa Rica. They opened a café and dessert shop, called Bread & Chocolate, where their business values began to form, and sourcing ingredients direct from farmers became a part of their identity. After two years in Costa Rica, Dan and Jael were ready to begin their next chapter. They sold Bread & Chocolate to one of their cooks (it still operates today, 14 years later!), hopped back on the bus – this time with their Costa Rica-born son - and headed north to the United States, where they settled in Asheville, NC and founded French Broad Chocolate.