Visit a chocolate factory. Have you ever thought about it?
In Boston it’s possible to take a free tour at the Taza facility.
Taza is a company producing a very particular chocolate: stone-ground and unrefined.
The savor and the consistency are very unique: as they say, unlike everything you have ever tasted!
But let’s begin with things in order. As you know – maybe due to the fact I am a maker – I am bewitched by everything that is innovation and digital. But also everything that is production, machineries, workings, details…
Visit a chocolate factory
Imagine my astonishment and my happiness when I find out to be able to go and peep through the chocolate working department windows and be able to see close the whole path of cocoa: from the picking to the moment it is eaten.Free tour at a #chocolate factory: @TazaChocolate. In Sommerville, #Boston #visitMA @visitMA… Click To Tweet
We were explained everything in details.
Operators answered to our questions and told us many curious issues about the entire production and working process.
I already knew something about chocolate working that I heard mention by my dad who is a refrigeration technician and he goes often inside this kind of factories: for example I know how the Easter Eggs are realized but seeing all that chocolate live is quite another thing.
First of all immediately at the entrance, still on the road, before crossing the threshold and set foot inside, we are swallowed by the chocolate smell: once entered it becomes even more intense and it is absorbed by clothing, too.
Go in, put the little cap due to the hygiene and let’s go discovering the working rooms.
From the first phases people obtain the cocoa that is on the basis of all the following workings.
It starts from the roasting (a very complicated phase), then the selection and the mixing according to the product type people want to get.
The milling is made by traditional stone mills, the Molinos.
Thanks to these mills’ stones, the chocolate will be rustic and raw unlike all the ordinary chocolates.
In special bowls a fluid paste is obtained: after have sediment the right time it will be humidity free.
The tempering will give brightness to the chocolate to proceed then with packaging.
Why is Taza a particular company?
First of all because they experiment, they are pioneers. Their chocolate can’t be described, you have to taste it absolutely.
Not only the classic particular chocolates like the red pepper ones but also: salty, cinnamon, vanilla, chili, extra dark, pure, sea salt, coconut, raspberry, 100% biological variety, gluten, soya and lactose free and even kosher ones.
All are so unique when you taste them.
The aim is to treat cocoa to a minimum, making so unique a product with a very bold taste.
Ethics and transparency
As it often happens here in the United States, the most important aspect is the ethic one: it begins right from the cocoa purchase: the company has created a program of sustainable provisioning to guarantee quality on one side and transparency on the other one.
Respect of environment, equal work practices, biological cocoa and fair-trade commerce are the keywords.
You think they publish the reports as regards how much they pay cocoa in origin, right to show to customers their complete sustainability and honesty.
The Taza company is relatively recent: it was launched in 2005 as official brand and designing specifically all packaging.
The market they turn to is both local, starting right from Somerville, the area we could define a Boston suburb (where there’s the company’s seat) and worldwide, with exports to really many countries.At @TazaChocolate they produce a #chocolate with a unique taste. #Sommerville #Boston #visitMA… Click To Tweet
You can find their products in many cafés and stores of the area offering drinks unlike all the others.
A handy and convenient online shop allows to purchase the items with shipping and delivery all over the world. I recommend to visit it often since it happened to me to find some flash discount tickets on the website.
Then they have a blog with really many different recipes to taste their chocolate.Specific tours for children at @TazaChocolate to learn everything about #chocolate @visitMA… Click To Tweet
Useful info to visit the chocolate factory
Tours allow to taste the items samples.
They are realized everyday and online reservation is requested.
There are specific tours for children, too.
At the end of the tour the very beautiful and very supplied store will allow you to buy any delicacy.
Enjoy your tour!