Recently we headed down to Taza Chocolate Company in Somerville, MA to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and launch this year’s new flavor Spicy Dark Chocolate, using Taza’s Mexican-style stone ground organic chocolate.
We had a great time at their factory and would like to share more about this amazing company with you: Taza Chocolate is unique in that it “stone grinds cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture.”
We learned that Taza founder Alex Whitmore took his first bite of stone ground chocolate while traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico. Alex apprenticed under a molinero in Oaxaca to learn how to hand-carve granite mill stones to make a new kind of American chocolate that is simply crafted, and delicious! He was so inspired by the rustic intensity that he decided to create a chocolate factory in Somerville, MA.
According to Taza, “to source the best cacao we cultivate direct relationships with growers and pay a premium over the Fair Trade price. We pioneered the first third-party certified Direct Trade cacao sourcing program in the U.S., to ensure transparency and fairness for all.”
Interested in a tour? The Taza Chocolate Factory Store offers tours and has viewing windows into manufacturing spaces. Visitors can learn more about Taza and how they make stone ground chocolate, and sample their full product line.