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How Rosemary started her journey

How it all started

Once upon a time, a girl named Rosemary fell in love with chocolate. She came to be known as the proud benefactor of a little artisanal chocolate shop in England. Our founder, Rosemary Ndukuba, grew up on a cacao farm in Nigeria, with the warmth of a family that introduced her to the wonders of chocolate. Soon, she started exploring the vastness of flavours and textures, and the love for chocolate was ingrained in her psyche. Things took off from there and soon began the quest for turning her admiration for chocolate into a business. 

In the Spring of 2017, Cenu Cacao was born. Located in a quiet corner on Regent Street in Royal Leamington Spa, UK, Cenu Cacao is a “bean to bar” chocolate shop. Therefore, as you walk in, not only will you be welcomed by a fresh aroma of chocolate, but you can also watch it being prepared right in front of you. Our chocolates are baked using Aztec methods, making Cenu Cacao one of the first chocolate bars to do this in the West Midlands.

Our freshly selected ingredients

Our Carefully Selected Ingredients - Fresh, and Never Better!

Our wide-eyed dream of making chocolate commenced in Venezuela and Panama, making it our trusted source of fully-certified, freshly grown cacao beans. Our treasured cacao beans are crushed in stone grinders in the shop itself, followed by the creation of exclusively handmade batches. These batches then make their way to the bar in the form of pralines and truffles infused with a novel taste for you to relish. Speaking of the delicacies we offer, we have to mention our remarkable hot chocolate and cacao tea that is made with a flavour unique to our brand. 

To find a “bean to bar” chocolate shop in the UK is a rare occurrence. Why? Most chocolate manufacturers make their desserts with premade cocoa liquor. But not us. We believe in individuality, and like to do things our way. And that is to give you the chance to witness the sweet miracle of chocolate, right in front of your eyes. 
Milk Drinking Chocolate Cenu Cacao, Cane Sugar,
Chocolates by Cenu Cacao

Every bite of our chocolate is heavenly

Enjoy our special chocolate with your friends!

As we make our way into the third year of Cenu Cacao, we are proud to tell you that we remain in complete charge of the chocolate-making process. Each and every step, from sorting, roasting, cracking, winnowing, grounding, and conching to finely ageing the chocolate before chilling, is handled by us. The artisanal value of our chocolate is deeply rooted in the process we follow, making particularly rare chocolates and drinking chocolates with authentic flavours. With our unique chocolates, you will be able to taste the subtlety of cacao clearly, because it shouldn’t be any other way. Furthermore, you can rest assured that our chocolate doesn’t have even a hint of palm oil or Lecithin.  

With the goodness of chocolate and the earthy texture of cacao, our chocolates make for a beautiful blend of delightful and organic extracts.

SHOP OUR PRODUCTS

Whether it’s distance or time, nothing should stop you from having these delicious chocolates. Hence, you can shop these fresh mouth-watering chocolates online at Cenu Cacao: The Classic Chocolate Makers. Your options are a wide variety of dark chocolates, classic truffles, selection boxes, coffee that’s inspired from the Southern region of India, organic cacao beans, and roasted cacao nibs.

White Salted Caramel Chocolate Kisses

Be a part of our world of chocolate

Contact us today!

At Cenu Cacao, we firmly believe in letting our customers inside our little chocolate- making them watch as the best chocolate-eating experience of their life takes place. We make our chocolates right here at Royal Leamington Spa, down to the careful grinding of organically grown cacao beans. Our work has given us the liberty to meet and greet several people every day, and we would love to have you.

You can contact us via email, call, or better yet, drop in for a quick chat at our humble chocolate bar!

Our customers satisfaction is our top priority

Few words from customers

Paula BackwithJune 17, 2022
really lovely people and amazing chocolate. this is a gem in Leamington. their hot chocolate is the best I've had, don't bother with Costa/Starbucks hot chocolates, save your money and come to Cenu Cacao!Tanim AbedinJune 10, 2022
really friendly people and amazing chocolate. their hot chocolate is the best I've had. don't bother with Starbucks/Costa hot chocolates, save your money and come get one here instead!Tanim AbedinJune 10, 2022
Best hot chocolate I've ever had 😍 Rosemary is so friendly and so are the other staff. The smell when they're roasting the beans is divine! Also love the sea salt and pink peppercorn chocolate. Such a gem to have in Leamington.AislingMay 13, 2022
Hot chocolate is. OUT IS THIS WORLD!!!!!! Waitress Sonya is creative and kindCharlie GrayFebruary 20, 2022
Always bring visiting friends here for a hot chocolate. The best you’ve ever tastedHarryFebruary 15, 2022
Lovely staff, delicious hot choc, can't wait to try everything else on offerZ PFebruary 8, 2022
Best hot chocolate I’ve ever head! We were at the shop near closing time and the lady had cleaned the machine down so we thought we wouldn’t be able to try a hot chocolate. She then made 2 for us! They were absolutely delicious and it was so kind she offered to do so! AmazingNia BeynonDecember 11, 2021
Deeksha VishwanathDecember 4, 2021
The best hot chocolate i have ever had. Ladled molten chocolate in a cupDavid MattinsonNovember 1, 2021
Visited today and had o e of the best hot chocolate drinks..Also indulged in some chocolate to take away. Fabulous and the lady in the store was so helpful. May have to order more online..Alison HazzardOctober 26, 2021
Will FOctober 25, 2021
Delicious chocolate and friendly owner (Rosemary)!Jack SnowOctober 1, 2021
The best chocolate in Warwickshire or I should say in all UK! True taste of the finest cocoa, passionate owner and a lot of love. Beautiful place, beautiful people, highly recomended!Andrzej K.August 15, 2021
Oh my! Such beautiful chocolates and amazing service. Everyone should shop here, Rosemary is wonderful and the chocolates are to die for. Thank you!!Tara AlisandratosAugust 11, 2021
BlackSoul 2kJuly 10, 2021
Matthew StephenJuly 1, 2021
Iced chocolate drink is amazing. Also highly recommend the salter caramel orea snowball. ❤️ben goodallJune 26, 2021
What an adorable little hidden gem! Stumbled across this cute shop whilst we were exploring the area and going for a random walk. We went in to grab an iced latte and was greeted by the lovely owner (I think she’s the owner) called Rosemarie? One of the other customers kept saying her name. She was the loveliest, most welcoming and friendliest person ever. The shop has a big selection of AMAZING chocolates, a huge selection of different boxes to put them in and a beautiful selection of different types of coffees. I would absolutely 100% recommend this place and from what I could see they specialise in something called in Iced Hot chocolate and boy did it look good!EAT-STAY-TRAVELJune 13, 2021
Rosemary always has the most inventive flavours of authentic chocolate - and the recent “iced chocolate” drink is the most incredible milkshake with a luxurious texture of real chocolate blended with ice cream.Neal JonesJune 12, 2021
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