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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

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
Wow! I'm not a local to this area and unfortunately won't have the blessing to attend this place regularly. The owner of this shop has tons of banter and great energy which seems to of given me a burst of energy throughout my day. The products available in this shop are of high quality, great tasting and affordable prices. I recommend this shop to anyone in the local area and to the shop owner who's name I didn't catch I wish you all the best with your business, I'm positive you'll do well.Kevin MicrowaveJune 12, 2021
The most heavenly hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Wish I could bathe in it.Lucy WheelerApril 16, 2021
Clean cafe.Helpful and friendly staff.Georgous food.TryuzApril 7, 2021
Really good hot chocolate available here. Choose between white, milk or dark. Made while you wait. Just the thing to encourage you on a cold day.Paul NewtonMarch 4, 2021
Kaneeka KapurJanuary 22, 2021
Absolutely love this place! The hot chocolate and mochas are amazing and the advent calendar was an extra special treat before Christmas. Would highly recommend to all.Charles AtkinsonJanuary 3, 2021
Great chocolats...Different flavours...excellent experience for chocolat lovers.Daniel ClaudetDecember 19, 2020
Lovely people, great chocolateSimon KeayDecember 18, 2020
Wow 🤩 Takeaway Hot Chocolate taken to another level, exceptional!Claire RussellDecember 13, 2020
There are alot of coffee places in Leamington spa.This is THE BEST. Not to mention the gorgeous chocolates and the customer service 5 star.Love this place!Victoria RidgardDecember 7, 2020
This is by far the most amazing shop I've had the pleasure to buy chocolate from. If you want top calibre chocolates make sure you come to this shop!Ezekiel JohnsonDecember 5, 2020
The most delicious chocolate I have ever had! The hot chocolate was amazing too, and the service was very friendly!Megan BrittonNovember 23, 2020
RhianCrNovember 7, 2020
Great chocolates, brilliant for presents or just eating yourself! Fun and friendly staff and atmosphere. Cannot recommend more to people who are looking for a good non mass manufactured chocolate.Chris LewthwaiteOctober 31, 2020
Wonderful local store with delicious, handmade chocolates. Everything about this store is Lovely: friendly staff, talented and passionate owner serving beautiful, tasty little chocolates. Make sure you pop in there next time you’re in town, you won’t be disappointed 🙂FitnessForRealLife By NinaOctober 25, 2020
Went here for the first time today to get some chocolate to cheer myself up as was having a rubbish week. The lovely lady behind the counter was so welcoming and friendly she made me smile and was so helpful, I had a selection of the chocolates and a milk hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was so so delicious and warming and the chocolates are all amazing especially the white chocolate passion fruit. Csnt wait to return when I am in Leamington again.Rebecca HOctober 17, 2020
Wow. Cenu Cacao is somewhere you need to experience; high quality of chocolate that is exceptionally tasting! I would highly recommend this place to anyone as it is so unique and one of a kind. The coco beans are harvested and brought into the shop then actually roasted, fermented and dried out in the back of the shop. The owner, Rosemary is lovely, she has a huge heart, bubbly and full of character. She so clearly has a huge passion for making chocolate and it comes across in all the products that she sells. Give the chocolate a try, you will not be disappointed! Social distancing regulations are in place and there is a plastic case up to protect her customers.Thomas LeaOctober 12, 2020
Stunning selection of chocolates, with lots of unique offerings. A little pricey, but the taste makes up for it. The dark chilli chocolate was perfect, provided a good kick but not overpowering. Believe all made on site based on the glassed off section to the rear that looks into the conche and tempering equipment. Lady serving was happy and eager to help; providing recommendations from what they have. Definately going back for more!Sam BatemanOctober 5, 2020
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