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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

Amazing shop of artisan chocolates with great vegan options. Delicious ice cream. Rosemary the owner is so friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to our next annual visit. Highly recommend.Roshni ModhaJune 3, 2024
Me and my partner did Rosemary's chocolate making workshop and I would highly recommend giving it a go! She was very generous with prosecco and chocolate strawberries on entry then gave us some tasting and lots of Interesting information about cocoa then we proceeded to temper the chocolate and make our own bars. Very good experience and beautiful chocolatelindsey woodfieldJune 2, 2024
Beau PollardMay 30, 2024
Best hot chocolate in the Midlands. I don't even live near here but every time I'm in the area I will goAlex PlattsMay 29, 2024
Amazing service in this shop, the staff are so lovely and greet everyone warmly, the smell of chocolate travels down the street and is truly enticing. Wonderful products and a must visit.Little EmzMay 19, 2024
Was walking past and it smelt amazing, and walked in and got coffee and 5 different little chocolates and all them were delicious!! Really recommend & staff were lovely.Laura BarlowMay 18, 2024
Don PaulMay 13, 2024
I never usually buy individual chocolates, but this place looked so unique I had to check it out. The chocolates are amazing (definitely recommend the whiskey and marmalade one), beautifully made with interesting flavours and complex without being too sweet.Jieran MengApril 27, 2024
Furqan RaiApril 22, 2024
Nice to be vegan and welcome in a chocolate shop! Didn't charge for oat milk so automatic 5 star review from me anyway ✨⭐RoseApril 11, 2024
Cenu Cacao sells the finest hot chocolate in town. I have been here countless times and haven't been disappointed once. I have tried many hot chocolate places in the UK and have never found anything as good as Cenu Cacao. I have recommended this place to so many of my friends and colleagues. They have the sweetest staff and Rose is the loveliest owner.Tina RajanApril 1, 2024
I’ve always had an amazing experience here! The hot chocolate is exceptional and there is amazing variety to choose from. Staff is lovely!Hristina GrebchevaMarch 30, 2024
Visited the store in Leamington Spa and was highly impressed! Bought some champagne, rum, whisky, rose and pistachio chocolates. The quality of the chocolate was clear when we arrived home and cut them into pieces. Smooth dark chocolate on the inside, melting in the mouth with beautifully combined flavours. I’ve tried many artisan chocolates and Cenu Cacao is as good as any of them, and for this calibre of chocolate I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were as you would expect to pay more from other brands. The store itself is a pleasure to be in, lovingly presented, and to tip it off you can actually see all of the equipment they use to make the chocolate which was a real treat in itself. If in London I can imagine this store would be over run with queues all day long. Not to be missed, highly recommend visiting and indulging in some small scale handmade chocolatey deliciousness!Ashish RajputMarch 29, 2024
I had their dark hot chocolate and it's probably one of the best I've ever had!! And she was so so sweetVarshini MandradiarMarch 22, 2024
Wonderful shop see the delicious chocolates being made. They gave a very warm welcome to our dog (which actually brought us into the shop) Reasonable prices for artisan chocolate tooJim SmithMarch 15, 2024
They are very kind here, the dark chocolate is soooo good and ther hot choc is amazingSarah SparksFebruary 18, 2024
Ash BryantFebruary 12, 2024
(I went to tge one in Touchwood, Solihull) Lovely little chocolate shop who serves lovely chocolate products. We ordered hot chocolate mixed with dark and milk chocolate with coconut milk, it taste amazing! The guy who served us was very friendly and kind, bless him. Let's support small business❤Daisy Karina SariJanuary 21, 2024
Incredible hot chocolate Same with the iced one. The nib chocolate is incredible, the owner is such a lovely woman 😊 ( I've not seen her for a while as she now has plenty of staff which I'm very happy for her) deffo recommend anyone to go along. Costa who? 👊🏼👊🏼Bonnie LouisJanuary 8, 2024
Fabulous shop, with lovely staff. The delicious smell of chocolate hits you at the door. The hot chocolate was to die for. How wonderful to have it freshly ground. We will be back for sure.Wyunn SunleyDecember 30, 2023
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