Bean to Bar

You might think chocolate is just chocolate, but just wait until you try stone-ground chocolates from Taza Chocolate. You can see, feel and taste the difference. Alex Whitmore (right) traveled to Mexico and studied the traditional Mesoamerican method of grinding and producing chocolate, which uses stone mills rather than steel refiners. Since the surface of the stone is slightly uneven, small bits of cacao and sugar remain in the finished chocolate. These bits pop with flavor and give stone-ground chocolate its distinctive rustic texture. When he returned to the U.S., Alex and co-founder Larry Slotnick built their own “bean to bar” factory with an authentic Mexican stone mill. It’s in Somerville, Mass., where they make Taza’s chocolate bars, discs, and chocolate-covered nuts and cacao beans, called “nibs.” Kathleen Fulton (now Alex’s wife) joined the team and designed Taza’s distinctive packaging. The trio uses organic sugar and simply processed cacao, complemented by traces of cinnamon, chili powder, or cumin. Sustainability is important to them -- even the leftover cacao hulls are recycled and used locally as mulch. The whole “bean to bar” experience perfectly merges flavor, tradition and history together. Time for a coffee break? No, make that a Taza break. Did we mention Taza goes well with red wine?

Taza

Stone Ground Organic Chocolate

Bean to Bar

You might think chocolate is just chocolate, but just wait until you try stone-ground chocolates from Taza Chocolate. You can see, feel and taste the difference. Alex Whitmore (right) traveled to Mexico and studied the traditional Mesoamerican method of grinding and producing chocolate, which uses stone mills rather than steel refiners. Since the surface of the stone is slightly uneven, small bits of cacao and sugar remain in the finished chocolate. These bits pop with flavor and give stone-ground chocolate its distinctive rustic texture. When he returned to the U.S., Alex and co-founder Larry Slotnick built their own “bean to bar” factory with an authentic Mexican stone mill. It’s in Somerville, Mass., where they make Taza’s chocolate bars, discs, and chocolate-covered nuts and cacao beans, called “nibs.” Kathleen Fulton (now Alex’s wife) joined the team and designed Taza’s distinctive packaging. The trio uses organic sugar and simply processed cacao, complemented by traces of cinnamon, chili powder, or cumin. Sustainability is important to them -- even the leftover cacao hulls are recycled and used locally as mulch. The whole “bean to bar” experience perfectly merges flavor, tradition and history together. Time for a coffee break? No, make that a Taza break. Did we mention Taza goes well with red wine?

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Alex
    Alex

    Hi, my name is Alex one of the co-founders of Taza Chocolate. Taza Chocolate was born out of my desire to combine the Mesoamerican tradition of chocolate with a modern, high-quality product manufactured in a socially responsible way. Taza Chocolate is 100% stone ground organic chocolate. We use only the best ingredients and a simple manufacturing process. Before creating Taza Chocolate, we traveled extensively to find partners who practice sustainability and who compensate growers fairly for their work. We practice responsible manufacturing at our factory in Somerville, Massachusetts. We are proud to say we have had a positive effect on our community, our industry, and the livelihood and welfare of our growers. I am here to answer any questions that you have!

  • Julia
    Julia
    11/9/2010 1:08 PM

    hooray for taza! - delicious chocolate from a great company - one of about three left who are still doing bean-to-bar production! - once you get your chocolate, check out their website where you can trace how your chocolate was made by entering the bar number

  • Lee O'Keefe
    Lee O'Keefe
    11/9/2010 2:08 PM

    I am absolutly hooked on this chocolate bar. My personal favorite is the 60% cacao bean bar. I am also delighted that it is Gluten Free. If you are ever in need of a quiet nite wrapped in a blanket with a candle burning, add a TAZA CHOCOLATE BAR and You are in Heaven

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2010 12:01 AM

    I am so impressed with this company. Every facet of Taza's business model is executed with social responsibility and sustainability in mind. Truly a company to emulate and support. And with such a divinely delicious product, supporting them is easy!

  • susan schneider
    susan schneider
    11/11/2010 1:41 PM

    This is the best chocolate, the almond and sea salt is my favorite. Congrats for becoming a Grommet!!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Taza

Stone Ground Organic Chocolate

Bean to Bar

You might think chocolate is just chocolate, but just wait until you try stone-ground chocolates from Taza Chocolate. You can see, feel and taste the difference.

Alex Whitmore (right) traveled to Mexico and studied the traditional Mesoamerican method of grinding and producing chocolate, which uses stone mills rather than steel refiners. Since the surface of the stone is slightly uneven, small bits of cacao and sugar remain in the finished chocolate. These bits pop with flavor and give stone-ground chocolate its
distinctive rustic texture.

When he returned to the U.S., Alex and co-founder Larry Slotnick built their own “bean to bar” factory with an authentic Mexican stone mill. It’s in Somerville, Mass., where they make Taza’s chocolate bars, discs, and chocolate-covered nuts and cacao beans, called “nibs.” Kathleen Fulton (now Alex’s wife) joined the team and designed Taza’s distinctive packaging. The trio uses organic sugar and simply processed cacao, complemented by traces of cinnamon, chili powder, or cumin. Sustainability is important to them -- even the leftover cacao hulls are recycled and used locally as mulch.

The whole “bean to bar” experience perfectly merges flavor, tradition and history together. Time for a coffee break? No, make that a Taza break. Did we mention Taza goes well with red wine?
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Alex
    Alex

    Hi, my name is Alex one of the co-founders of Taza Chocolate. Taza Chocolate was born out of my desire to combine the Mesoamerican tradition of chocolate with a modern, high-quality product manufactured in a socially responsible way. Taza Chocolate is 100% stone ground organic chocolate. We use only the best ingredients and a simple manufacturing process. Before creating Taza Chocolate, we traveled extensively to find partners who practice sustainability and who compensate growers fairly for their work. We practice responsible manufacturing at our factory in Somerville, Massachusetts. We are proud to say we have had a positive effect on our community, our industry, and the livelihood and welfare of our growers. I am here to answer any questions that you have!

  • Julia
    Julia
    11/9/2010 1:08 PM

    hooray for taza! - delicious chocolate from a great company - one of about three left who are still doing bean-to-bar production! - once you get your chocolate, check out their website where you can trace how your chocolate was made by entering the bar number

  • Lee O'Keefe
    Lee O'Keefe
    11/9/2010 2:08 PM

    I am absolutly hooked on this chocolate bar. My personal favorite is the 60% cacao bean bar. I am also delighted that it is Gluten Free. If you are ever in need of a quiet nite wrapped in a blanket with a candle burning, add a TAZA CHOCOLATE BAR and You are in Heaven

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2010 12:01 AM

    I am so impressed with this company. Every facet of Taza's business model is executed with social responsibility and sustainability in mind. Truly a company to emulate and support. And with such a divinely delicious product, supporting them is easy!

  • susan schneider
    susan schneider
    11/11/2010 1:41 PM

    This is the best chocolate, the almond and sea salt is my favorite. Congrats for becoming a Grommet!!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.