Sweet times for award-winning
Mutari Chocolate in Santa Cruz
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK TREGENZA
Heavenly is the first word that pops into my head as the elemental essence of chocolate wafts from the Mutari factory and shop on Front Street in Santa Cruz. Inside, piles of cacao beans in burlap sacks imprinted with their country of origin line the floor, while empty sacks adorn the walls.
This isn’t just a chocolate shop; it’s a window on the world of cacao.
Owners Katy Oursler and Stephen Beaumier took over Mutari three years ago. Gourmands to the core, the couple stone grinds ethically sourced, single-origin cacao beans to create their drinking chocolate and confections under the Mutari and White Label brands.
“We are one of only about 150 bean-to-bar makers in the U.S.,” … Read More