Elaine Read grew up in Virginia and attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Following graduation, she joined the Peace Corps, traveling overseas and living in Malawi.
In 2013, Elaine and her husband Matt Weyandt left the States and moved to Costa Rica with their two kids. They discovered Costa Rica’s exceptional bean-to-bar chocolate while shopping at a local farmer’s market. Made with just two ingredients, cacao and cane sugar, it was unlike anything they had tasted. Soon, Matt and Elaine began sharing a nightly ritual of enjoying a few squares of Costa Rican chocolate.
Envisioning a new path in which they would bring bean-to-bar chocolate home to the U.S., the couple started an apprenticeship with local chocolate makers in Costa Rica. In January 2014, Matt and Elaine moved home to Atlanta and founded their company, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, headquartered inside the renowned Krog Street Market.