In today’s episode of BBtv, MAKE Editor at Large David Pescovitz and Xeni Jardin of BBtv get a tour of the TCHO chocolate factory. David also did a piece on TCHO for the Proto column of MAKE Volume 14.

In part one of BBtv’s multi-part exploration of Tcho, we begin in the lab, and learn about the origins of chocolate: it’s a weird looking fruit with biological roots in faraway tropical lands. How this fruit is cultivated, harvested, and cured determines the flavor of the final product, and we learn about the hedonics — the sensual nuances — of this exotic and temperamental element.

TCHO, part 1: chocolate origins.