STONE GROUND CHOCOLATE THAT IS SERIOUSLY GOOD AND FAIR FOR ALL
At Taza Chocolate they make stone ground chocolate. Cacao is so complex in flavor that they want to let it shout loud and proud. That is why Taza does less to bring you more. They stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Taza founder 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 the Taza Brand Manager and designed all of the packaging.
Taza is a pioneer in ethical cacao sourcing. They were the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. Taza maintains direct relationships with their cacao farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao. They partner only with cacao producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.
CHOCOLATE WITH TRUE GRIT
Taza makes perfectly unrefined, stone ground chocolate from bean to bar at their Somerville, MA chocolate factory. Their unique chocolate-making techniques are all about minimal processing, to let the bold flavors of our organic, Direct Trade Certified cacao shout loud and proud.
They use traditional Mexican stone mills, called molinos, to grind the cacao. The hand-carved stones that turn inside these mills preserve the bright, fruity flavors of the beans, and create a chocolate that’s bold, rustic, and satisfyingly gritty — unlike any other chocolate you’ve tasted.