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1-868-662-2002 Extension 82115; 82178; 83330; 83331; 83332; 83333

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Cocoa Research Centre
Sir Frank Stockdale Building
Ground Floor, North wing
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine

Driving Directions

From Eastern Main Road (EMR)

Enter St. Augustine along EMR.

Drive through the tunnel in St. Augustine opposite (south) Lakshmi Girls High School. Drive south along Tunnel Drive and then turn left to go along St. Augustine Circular Rd. Turn right into the Visitor's gate opposite Milner Hall.

Drive west then turn right to drive alongside the football field. Admin building and the flag poles will be west of you. Then turn left to drive westward and pass the bus stop and alongside the North wall of Admin building. Continue west until you come to the edge of the field and turn right to drive southward along University Drive and keep left of the "Y" to reach the roundabout in front of Sir Frank Stockdale Building (parking may not be available in front of the building).

From Churchill Roosevelt Highway (CR Highway)

Upon approaching St. Augustine, get into the right-most lane if travelling westward or left-most lane if travelling eastward.

Turn off CR Highway to enter The UWI campus via South Gate* entrance if you have a UWI vehicle pass (If not, turn right onto Watts then left to get onto St. Augustine Circular Rd to enter via the visitor gate and follow the instructions above).

Turn left at the first "T" intersection, follow the road (south then west) and then drive northward along University Drive and look for the blue sign indicating the direction to turn for Sir Frank Stockdale Building. The sign will be facing south. The arrow pointing to the SFSB will be pointing east.

Next, turn right to follow the road to Parking area 'S'.

*Please note you may be directed to enter UWI via the Visitors gate opposite Milner Hall which can be accessed by driving North along St. Augustine Circular Rd. If this occurs, please use the directions indicated above after entering Milner Hall gate.


Walking Directions

From Eastern Main Road.
Enter UWI Campus via the North Gate, walk southward towards the Samaan trees on the lawn to the left of the roadway. The roundabout in front of the Sir Frank Stockdale building is just south of the Samaan trees. The Sir Frank Stockdale Building has a sign indicating the name of the building on the western-facing main entrance. Please do not be misled by the sign indicating the Faculty of Food and Agriculture (FFA) below the name of the building, as the FFA does not occupy the entire building.


Sir Frank Stockdale Building

If you enter the Sir Frank Stockdale Building from the West entrance, turn to the left (or if you enter from the East back entrance turn to the right) and look for the Cocoa Research Centre sign on the wall just above the entrance hall. Find the buzzer located on the left side of the wall near CRC entrance gate and ring it to be admitted..

We kindly request that you state clearly the purpose of your visit so that you may be directed more efficiently and to comply with our security policy.

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Frequently Asked Questions


I have an idea for a student project and would like to get advice from CRC staff, how do I go about doing this?

CRC has a long history of student assistance via consultations or supervision and our staff will be happy assist once our schedule permits. Please call 662-8788 to schedule an appointment to ensure the best and most efficient use of our time. Also walk with as much information you have gathered re your proposed project when you attend your appointment and please check the research areas of our website for relevant information and also do background research in cocoa so that you will be able to understand some of the basic terminology used like "ICS" which means Imperial College Selection.

Cocoa and Chocolate Questions

Will you ship your chocolate bar to persons outside of Trinidad and Tobago?

While shipping chocolate bars is not something we do on a regular basis, it is something that can be facilitated for persons who are out of options otherwise for getting a taste of our special premium dark chocolate. The options available for shipping will be Fedex or the EMS service offered by our local postal authority. The latter is not recommended since the shipping time can be as much as five weeks. Fedex shipments can arrive within days but will cost more than the bar itself. It is a choice we leave up to persons wishing to have the bars shipped to them. A Fedex account would be helpful for shipping via Fedex, however payment for the bars will still need to be sent to us, in the form of an International Money Order or Bank Manager's draft. Once payment is received for the cost of the bar/s and shipping, the bar/s can be shipped to you. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to accept payment via Paypal or credit cards, however this is something we are hoping to implement in the future. Thank you for your interest.


Do you offer support to startups focused on cocoa value addition?

Yes, we do offer support in whatever way we can. Please send us some details of the kind of support you require and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Where can I get cocoa butter?

Because our main focus is research, staff at the Cocoa Research Centre are not currently involved in producing cocoa butter. To purchase cocoa butter, please contact the following:

Rancho Quemado Estates Ltd (Mr. Daniel Brash) 1-868-389-8385

Carlos Products Ltd. (Mr. Surrendra Persad) 1-868-620-1439


Where can I purchase nibs, cocoa liquor, couverture?

A limited amount of these (all local) are currently available from Trinidad and Tobago Fine Cocoa Company Limited (TTFCCL) on a first come, first served basis. Please send online queries to or reach out to them via their Facebook page.


Do you offer chocolate-making courses?

Yes we do. Please visit our training page, then send us an email to find out more about the schedule and wait time, if there is a wait time. Local residents are welcome to request to be on standby for the next available date. The training page will have the schedule of dates for training.


Where can I purchase good quality cocoa beans in Trinidad and Tobago?

Please contact:

The Cocoa Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago


Paul Manickchand and Associates
Phone: (868) 668 2510


Where can I purchase cocoa powder made from local beans in Trinidad and Tobago?

Some grocery stores may have the following local brands of cocoa powders for sale

  • JB Chocolate (TBA)
  • Rancho Quemado (Hearty Foods, Arima)
  • Persad's Cocoa (TBA)

In addition, Cocobel sells cocoa powder out of their Chocolate factory on Fitt Street.