Somerville, MA Edition: Taza Chocolate

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM


I'll admit, I'm not much a fan of dark chocolate.

TazaMaybe it's a taste that comes with age or experience. But all I know is that the more sugar, the happier I am.

TazaBut Somerville - Kaitlynn's town - is home to their very own chocolate factory.

TazaAnd how often do you get to visit a chocolate factory?

TazaWe took a tour of Taza Chocolate where we learned about the products they produce and how it was all inspired by this drinking chocolate the owner had.

TazaSo, of course, the shop has all sorts of drinking chocolates available.

TazaThey have flavors like ginger and coconut, but they also come in various percentages of cacao. 


Taza founder and CEO Alex Whitmore took his first bite of stone ground chocolate while traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico. He was so inspired by the rustic intensity that he decided to create a chocolate factory back home in Somerville, MA. 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, but seriously good. In 2005, he officially launched Taza with his wife, Kathleen Fulton, who is Taza's Chief Design Officer and designed all of the packaging.
Taza is a pioneer in ethical cacao sourcing. We were the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. We maintain direct relationships with our cacao farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao. We partner only with cacao producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.


The different flavors wer unique.

TazaBut, of course, my favorite ended up being the original with only 60% dark chocolate.

TazaHave you taken a tour?

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