Cacao, Alexandra Cacao
by Alexandra Cock on Aug 11, 2016
I think we are going to have to change Alexandra’s last name to Cacao! During her visit to the east coast last month, we are fairly sure she had more delicious, sustainable, and conscious Chocolate than Lobster!
Her deep dark chocolate tour began at Taza Chocolate in Somerville, MA. At Taza, having a real relationship with the environmentally friendly farmers in a fair and equitable way helps produce the best organic cacao and tasty chocolate. They are very proud of their Direct Trade Certificate and the complete transparency report that illuminates their commitment to the integrity of their Fair Trade Program.
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 pays 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.
Alexandra’s favorite parts were being taken on a tour by co-founder, Alex Whitmore and watching them make chocolate cover nuts in copper bowls. Alexandra’s top choices - Chocolate covered nuts and the Belize Bars.
www.tazachocolate.com – visit the factory and their divinely aromatic shop or head to the Taza Chocolate Bar at the Boston Public Market –THIS is what Bean to Bar is all about!
Alexandra then braved the summertime Cape Cod traffic to Chequessett Chocolate in North Truro, MA. Josiah and Katie carefully handcraft the chocolate in small batches from fine-flavor, sustainably grown cacao beans at their workshop on Cape Cod. They believe in promoting sustainable agriculture and the direct trade relationships with producers ensure that the supply chain is ethical and environmentally sound. Blending high quality cacao with the purest ingredients available, Chequessett creates chocolate that is both exceptional in taste and wholesomely decadent. A private tour of the factory coupled with shopping in their cute shop complimented by local artisan items made for a very full day. But not too full to pick up a couple of choice items…Alexandra’s favorites were cashew turtles and hot chocolate. Visit Chequessett in Somerville, Ma or www.chequessettchocolate.com
Why all this about chocolate, you ask? Wealth Plus and Alexandra are committed to supporting the companies making a difference in the world of Cacao. Environmental awareness, sustainable business practices, and higher prices are paid to the growers than the Fair Trade Act. We have been working closely with Uncommon Cacao and Maya Mountain Cacao to help raise funds for the export of cacao from small family farms to the burgeoning specialty chocolate market in the United States and everywhere. For more information about how Uncommon Cacao is transforming the Cacao supply chain, check out their 2016 Transparency Report. Great reading while enjoying a house-made chocolate sauce Café Mocha from Chequessett.