Stop by the TAZA factory and store located in Somerville, MA. Alex Whitmore founded TAZA Chocolate in 2005 after a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico where he first encountered stone ground chocolate. Winter is coming so it is finally time to cut down in gym time and start loading some chocolate! We start the story in late 2008.
After relocating to Boston a few months earlier, Avery and Janet were looking to launch their first products. Alex Whitmore, the founder of TAZA, took his very first bite into the stone ground chocolate as he traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico. Parking is first come, first-served and cannot be guaranteed.
Students for Environmental Action (SEA) organized and sponsored a trip to Somerville, Mass. TAZA Chocolate is a Mexican-inspired stone round, organic chocolate manufacturer based in Somerville, MA, USA. TAZA Chocolate is located at 561 Windsor St., between Inman Square and Union Square in Somerville, MA.
Next stop-back to the store where there are windows into the factory and we could see the chocolate being made. Each flavor was so good that we did not chew each piece, but let it melt slowly, savoring it until there was nothing left on our tongues.
The stone grinds organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted. The resulting granular texture and fruity natural flavor is unlike anything I have ever eaten.
TAZA doesn’t add any soy or dairy to their chocolates and because it is stone ground, all the chocolates have this coarse “stone ground” texture to them, which is pretty neat. Tours of the TAZA Chocolate Factory are offered to the public from Tuesday to Sunday.
TAZA Chocolate is unlike any I’ve ever experienced. Bryan and I ended up sitting with a bunch of folks who worked at TAZA Chocolate, which was super fun. It is fun and educational at the same time.
A little piece of Europe in the heart of New England it has, for the time being, become one my favorite American destination. This is one of the best tours we’ve ever taken. One piece of lamb was marinated with cocoa nib juice and cooked sous vide in the immersion circulator for hours.
Witness how a piece of TAZA chocolate comes to life, from “bean-to-bar”. The organic cacao beans are stone ground into minimally processed chocolate, which is completely different to any other kind of chocolate in the market.
They have no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, they contain organic spices and raw cane sugar, and are made from the best cocoa beans in the world. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and is best suited for ages 10 and up, as the tour offers quite a bit of information on the chocolate-making process. Try this epic chocolate tour that will make you feel like a kid again.
TAZA Chocolate is an amazing local business, sourcing their cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, pouring love and organic fair trade ingredients into all of their products. Do you love chocolate? Experience stone ground chocolate like you've never had it before! What I like about TAZA is its minimalistic approach to making quality chocolate.
Our friendly team of Chocolate Baristas will whip up your drink to your specifications. This is a relatively light roast as compared to other chocolate producers, and the end result will be chocolate that tastes brighter and fruitier with more of the original flavors intact.
The next time you find yourself in the Boston area, don’t pass up the chance to head to nearby Somerville and take a tour of the TAZA Chocolate factory. All the ingredients just seem way too delicious to pass up! Next Josh offered each of us the chance to taste the cacao nib.
After covering the basics in the Cacao Corner, it was time to head behind the doors of the factory. There's no wonder why Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was such a popular movie. The chocolate is then melted and shaped into disks or rectangles.
TAZA Chocolate was founded by Alex Whitmore in 2005. He discovered this unique, stone-ground chocolate while traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico. They are then hermetically sealed in bags like those in this picture, and shipped directly to the TAZA factory in Somerville.
TAZA purchases the organic cacao beans from selected farm suppliers and completes the remaining process, including the grinding, roasting, shaping, design, packaging, promoting and selling within the factory. TAZA partners only with cacao producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.
If the short factory tour leaves you wanting more, TAZA actually runs international trips every year or so to really get a deep understanding of the chocolate-making process. TAZA has to rely on their on-site mechanical engineer to figure out what is wrong and if necessary create parts for them to fix the problem.