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- 97%Luxury Travelers
- 83%Family Travelers
- 66%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Business Travelers
Member Reviews (10)
- TCHOApr 20, 2013
T-t-t-t-t-c-cho. Try pronouncing it slowly and you will understand how this chocolate factory got its name. The art of chocolate is very sensual. You have you use all of your senses to get the reality of the complexity of the chocolate.
Before you can even experience TCHO, you have to schedule your tour either @ 1030am or 2pm. Don't be late otherwise you will turned away. Closed toed shoes are a must. No jewelry or cell phones.
What to expect: You'll be briefed about the company's culture and how their chocolate is made. After the briefing, you'll be able to see their factory and at the end you will have a chance to taste their chocolates. Their chocolates are centered around flavor profiles. Don't fret milk chocolate fans, they do have something for you.
TCHO's chocolate is not your usual run of the mill type of chocolate. We're talking about luxury chocolates that's made to be savored.Recommended for:Luxury Travelers
- TCHOMember ofLuxury TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 11Jul 22, 2013
Do you have a discerning taste for the best of the best? We like TCHO Chocolate for their excellence in taste and ingredients. Their chocolatiers travel the world, looking for the best ingredients and producers. The best part is that you can visit the factory, located in a beautiful spot right on San Francisco's Embarcadero, next to the Exploratorium science museum. Also, call at least a week in advance and you can join a group tour or, for $100, book a private tour (at noon and 3:30pm every day).
- TCHOMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellnessOct 18, 2013
This experimental chocolate company, by Wired co-founder Louis Rossetto and cocoa guru Karl Bittong, uses software development as a model, first launching the company by presenting chocolates in beta form and collecting consumer feedback. Their system for classifying tastes is similarly scientific, creating a flavor wheel that explains the different tastes inherent in chocolate (such as fruity, nutty, or citrus) and then making varieties that are the purest expressions of those attributes. Now the company produces sustainably sourced chocolate in a factory at Pier 17, using manufacturing machinery rescued from an old European castle. You can sample flavors at the adjacent cafe, or at a variety of shops in Sf that sell TCHO products.
- TCHOFeb 25, 2014
Great chocolate! Organic, Slave Free chocolate! A huge percentage, probably 90%+ of the world's chocolate is collected using child slaves. TCHO is a great company providing amazingly delicious chocolates which are fair trade and slave free. They have a close relationship with their farmers and they produce some of the best chocolates I have ever eaten.
They also provided a factory tour twice a day if you are interested in learning about they process of making chocolate or finding out more about the company. The tours usually fill up so make make reservations online!Recommended for:Family Travelers
- TCHOMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Jan 17, 2013
Chocolate factory?? Yes, please! They provide limited chocolate tours with a chocolate tasting afterwards. It's always nice to learn the background and process of how things get made.
- TCHODec 20, 2012
High quality chocolate, a passionate approach to fair trade practices, and a legitimate free tour which includes free chocolate tastings!
I managed to show up the day of and secure a spot for one of their tours, rushing over to make it just in time (they do a 10:30 and 2 most days, and you can register online).
What I liked:
TCHO (*pronounced cho) does a great job in their tour of outlining and educating the ways in which their company has aligned with their vision of sustainability and fair trade practices. They are doing work to not only with communities in other countries, but also have partnered up with a USAID grant to create factories for local economies to train them how to grow and harvest quality cacao. It's a worthy mission.
The factory is small, and contains a lot of old equipment, as well as some newer technology. All of it was explained to us, and we were literally right on the factory floor with the workers. It was a short, but cool experience.
We were also given an opportunity to try out their different chocolates, and got a lot of information about how they were designed and their different flavor properties. I fell in love with their Madagascar 67% with citrus, and am currently staring at a bar which I will likely soon consume.
What I didn't like:
As I said before, TCHO has a great vision, and needs only to present the work that they are doing for me to understand why it's important. What I didn't like was our tour guide talking about how terrible the other companies were. It seemed like every time an overall point was brought up about their chocolate, he used it as an opportunity to slam Hershey or other brands. I get that you are passionate, but your attempt to make yourself look better by making others look bad left a bitter taste in my mouth (thankfully there was chocolate to help out with that).
That said, TCHO is worth the visit, if not only try try out some great chocolate, or something from their coffee shop. You won't be disappointed!
- TCHOMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
Gayle and I just missed the factory tour, but hung around long enough for a little tasting and some retail therapy (the darker the better). I also appreciate and enjoy supporting chocolate makers that have not yet been gobbled up by Hershey's.
In some ways, TCHO Chocolates might be trying to fill the gap left by Scharffen Berger and Schmidt. And it makes chocolates according to different "flavor profiles" like citrus or nutty -- kind of like someone might describe a wine. I'll savor those chocolaty thoughts for quite awhile longer....