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HOT OFF THE PRESS: Our New Look Website!
 

Welcome to the brand new, all-singing, all-dancing Pittenweem Chocolate Company website!

It's taken a wee while to get here, but we're delighted to bring you our new-look website, containing more new features than you can shake a chocolate fish at.

To start things off, you'll notice our homepage looks rather different. You'll find a selection of 'featured' products here, plus links to all the other exciting new pages on the site.

Then there's the new chocolate shop: updated with all the usual favourites to buy online – from hot chocolate to whisky liqueurs – plus some new additions, like The Pittenweem Chocolate Co. artisan chocolates.

Next up, our Cocoa Tree Café menu is now online for you to peruse from the comfort of your home, or, in fact, anywhere you can connect to 4G. From our light meals through to our speciality hot chocolates, it's all there.

We still have our highlights of Pittenweem page, plus a list of our stockists, along with a bit about the café and how the Chocolate Company started.

And then there's this blog – Sophie's Journal. Back with a weekly update from The Pittenweem Chocolate Co. and with a whole new look.

We hope you enjoy the changes, and look forward to hearing your comments!

Until next week,
Sophie xx


 
Walking the Coastal Path
 

If you’re planning a walking holiday along Fife’s fantastic coastal path this summer, or in early autumn, do take a look at Fife Coastal Path Holidays.

This wonderful family run business from Pittenweem aims to make the Coastal Path a walking experience to remember, providing extensive knowledge of the area, recommendations of where to stay, and a transport service to carry your luggage between stops, so you don’t have to. For full details of all that they have to offer, visit www.walkingfifecoastalpath.com

Be sure to take a pit stop in Pittenweem whilst you’re walking and you’ll get a warm welcome here at the Cocoa Tree Café.

Best wishes,

Sophie x


 
The Pittenweem Festival is in Full Swing
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We’re mid-Festival and Pittenweem is bursting at the seams with art lovers and merry-makers.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be in such a lively atmosphere and the Cocoa Tree Café is, once again, a haven amongst the bustle – with longer opening hours, between 9am-7pm.

Come in for a cup of Ovenbird coffee, hot or iced, one of our well known, luxurious hot chocolates, or choose from our selection of cooling, fresh fruit milkshakes, and relax those tired feet. We have plenty of room, from the cosiness of the café to our sunny courtyard at the rear of the property, to tables across the road, with a view of the striking Pittenweem Church.

Plus, if you’d rather eat on the go, our take-away hatch is open for hot chocolates and Belgian waffles, as well as many more take-away treats.

In the shop, we also have a huge selection of individual, wrapped and luxury chocolates, and packets of our indulgent hot chocolate to take home – the perfect gifts for anyone who couldn’t join you at the Festival.

See you in the Café soon!

Sophie x


 
St Fillan’s Cave
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A visit to Pittenweem in the summer holidays isn’t complete without a trip to St Fillan’s Cave, on Cove Wynd.

Here at the Cocoa Tree, we hold the key to the Cave, so do drop by and see us if you’d like to take a self-guided tour of its fascinating depths.

St Fillan is famous throughout the area for his legendary acts – in one such act he persuaded a wolf that had killed an ox to take up the ox’s burden, carting the building materials to construct a church at Auchentyre. Though originally from Ireland, he spent most of his life in our little village, praying and writing in the gloom of the cave, which is how the village got its name: Pit meaning ‘place’ and weem meaning ‘cave’.

In the seventh century, the cave was reached by boat and was, it is believed, a hiding place for smugglers. Inside, you will find a Holly Well and an alter used for local services, associated with St John’s Episcopal Church and other pilgrimages from all over Scotland. Further in, steps have been roughly cut into the rock and these lead to the passage that runs under the Prior gardens above.

Should you wish to take a look inside, come and see us at the Cocoa Tree and we’ll happily lend you the key. We ask for a £5 refundable deposit for the key, and a small donation (of just £1) to the cave to cover the cost of maintenance and electricity.

Sophie x


 
Hot Chocolate Indulgence Far and Wide
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Our cosy Cocoa Tree Café in Pittenweem serves all of our luxurious hot chocolates, from our 70% Dark, classic Rich Milk and sumptuous White Chocolate, to our indulgent Hazelnut and comforting Orange.

We serve our thick hot chocolate too – an espresso cup of either Intense Vanilla or Caliente, with a dash of chilli. And the Intense is now fully lacto-free and suitable for vegans.

But if you’re not in Pittenweem, and you’re longing for a taste of our luxurious hot chocolate, perhaps you can visit one of our wonderful stockists to satisfy your craving…

Cafés serving our hot chocolate:

Little Green Van, Edinburgh
A bright green, Citroen HY van that can’t be missed, offering well made artisan roast coffee on the beach front – find them at Portobello Beach on the promenade, at the foot of Bellfield Street.

The Old Cheese Shop of St Andrews
A small, specialist cheesemonger with a big passion for cheese, specialising in real, full-flavoured cheeses made using traditional methods and fantastic milk. Their artisan food café serves delicious food and wine in a delightful al fresco setting.

The Pavilion Restaurant & Café, Elie
A family run and family-friendly business, open all year round, using locally sourced and produced ingredients whenever possible.

Selling Retail Packs for you to enjoy at home:

Ardross Farm Shop, Elie
Located between St Monans and Elie, in the East Neuk of Fife, the shop stocks fresh, local, inspiring food from the farm and the surrounding area, along with an abundance of produce from Scotland’s natural larder.

Cairngorm Leaf & Bean, Moray Coast
Located at Logie Steading, they specialise in premium coffee beans, ground to your requirements, and teas crafted in Scotland, plus unique accessories and gifts.

JA Braithwaite, Dundee
Dundee’s oldest shop, now run by the fourth generation of the Braithwaite family. Selling over 100 different types of tea, or tisane, more than 30 types of coffee and, of course, our luxurious hot chocolate.

The Old Cheese Shop of St Andrews
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Happy exploring!

Sophie x