Taza Chocolate prepares for Valentine's Day
The whole process starts with Theobroma trees. These small evergreen plants are grown in an area chocolate aficionados call the "Cocoa Belt," the range of land 20 degrees north and south of the equator. They are more commonly called cacao trees, since they produce the seeds that eventually become chocolate.
Most of Taza's cacao is grown in the Dominican Republic, but it also comes from Bolivia. The cacao beans are contained in pods that grow right off the trunk.