Liz Rowe is an artist and former journalist who became intrigued by chocolate during a 6-month stay in Latin America. She saw where chocolate comes from, how it is made, and also the historical importance of it to the Mayan and Aztec cultures.

She decided to try her had at it, and after learning and experimenting, OCHO was
born. They use no automated machines, so the chocolate making process is very hands on. OCHO sources all their cacao beans from the Pacific Islands, where they work with farmers who grow cacao on family farms.

OCHO is short for the Otago Chocolate Company, but is also Spanish for 8, which is a lucky number!