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Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company

When you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s no better place than Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co. Established in 2004, this little bakery built its reputation by creating mouth-watering artisan chocolates, truffles and a host of other confectionery treats.

Cacao Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

Cacao Bean-to-Bar Chocolate (Photo Credit: gourmet.savorique.com)

Each menu item is hand-crafted and made with only the highest quality organic ingredients. But Cacao Atlanta adds one final touch to each creation–love. The company prides itself on employing the time-honored bean-to-bar chocolate making process which involves roasting the beans, grinding them into chocolate, paste and kneading it to produce the desired smoothness and flavor before pouring it into molds. The process is time-consuming and difficult, which is why there are only about 20 chocolate makers in the United States, with about  7-10 being small artisanal producers (Cacao Atlanta included).

And it’s no secret that this little chocolate maker offers some of the best in the nation. Cacao Atlanta has been featured in USA TodayBon AppetitFood & Wine Magazine, Southern Living and dozens of other publications.

Yet there’s more to Cacao Atlanta than just great chocolate. Since its inception, keeping the work-place green and minimizing its environmental impact have been paramount to production. Cacao Atlanta buys organic ingredients from local farms, seeks out biodegradable options for packaging and encourages customers to recycle their own boxes when refilled.

Cacao Buckhead

Cacao Buckhead (Photo Credit: lateboots.com)

It’s Cacao Atlanta’s mission to “honor the chocolate making tradition, the farmer, and the worker as actively as possible”. This includes obtaining cocoa beans from farmers and co-ops while making chocolate in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible. How many chocolate companies can make that claim?

Taste the difference for yourself. Cacao Atlanta Co. has locations in Inman Park, Buckhead, and Virginia Highlands. You can also order from the online boutique.

WHERE:
Cacao – Inman Park
312C N. Highland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
Ph. 404-221-9090

HOURS:

Sunday – Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cacao – Buckhead
2817 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Ph. 404-467-4670

HOURS:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.

Cacao – Virginia Highlands
1046 N. Highland Avenue,
Atlanta, GA 30306
Ph. 404-892-8202

HOURS:

Monday-Thursday:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

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