Entry to Taza Chocolate's retail shop and tour site.
Raw cacao beans
Taza sources it's beans from Bolivia and the Dominican Republic; beans arrive in 70 kilo bags.
German roasting machine circa 1950's; found in a used industrial Italian warehouse.
A winnower, a machine used to separate the cacao nib from the shell. The machine was transported from a soon-to-be-closing candy factory in the Dominican Republic to Somerville. Shells are by-products at Taza and great for garden multch and loose leaf teas.
Packaging material is compostible. Taza ships to 45 states, but local Bostonians can receive Taza by Metro Pedal Power.
Cacao pods and chocolate samples pre-tour
Items for sale in the retail store
Pictorial story of chocolate making
Thanks to Taza Chocolate for the delicious tour and samples! Also thanks to Rachel Blumenthal (@blumie) of Boston Food Bloggers (@BostonFoodBlogs) for organizing.