It is no secret I love chocolate. When I found out that Boston has a chocolate factory that produces a unique blend of hot chocolate and chocolate bars, I just had to add this shop to my itinerary.
The packaging and shape reminds me of another well-known brand filled with nostalgia for many Mexican families. But the name, Taza Chocolate, what is behind the name? What makes them unique? They sell tea too? The more I perused their website, that more questions I had. There was only one way to get the answers, I signed up for a tour. They offer tours daily of their store and factory. Yes, the factory is located right at the store. Talk about fresh product. And yes, before you ask there are samples in both the store and the tour.
Our tour guide Christine was a wealth of information on the history of Taza Chocolate and the process of getting the product from cacao tree to store.
While traveling in Oaxaca Mexico, Alex Whitmore had some stone ground chocolate. He was fascinated from the first taste. So much so that he decided he wanted to produce this same experience in his hometown. He put in the work to learn the process by doing an apprenticeship under a “molinero” in Oaxaca. Together with his wife, Kathleen Fulton, the launched Taza Chocolate in 2005. Kathleen serves as Taza’s Chief Design Officer. She designs all of the packing for their products.
Their mission statement is: “To make & share stone ground chocolate that is seriously good & fair for all.” Alex and Kathleen are very serious about fair trade practices. They publish their transparency reports on their website. Their cacao beans come are harvested in Haiti, Ghana and the Dominican Republic only through verified fair trade practices, supporting local farmers.
I do have to warn you. Once you have tasted this hot chocolate, you will never be able to drink regular hot chocolate again. Luckily for us these products are available online.
If you are in the Boston area on Saturday, May 4, 2019 make sure you stop by for the Block Party including music, food, drink and of course chocolate from 12 – 5 PM.
561 Windsor Street
Somerville, MA 02143