7515 Harwood Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI, 53213
Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm
In the summer of 2012 Dan Bieser set out to create the best chocolate imaginable. He started with old school chocolate making tools that were made from scratch and others that could be used in a home kitchen. Dan began the quest for a healthy flavorful chocolate, an amazing hot chocolate, and a world wide adventure of relationship building.
Beginning with some Lachandon Jungle cacao and other horizontally traded ingredients, Tabal Chocolate began a journey to help stabilize a challenged neighborhood and to part take in the development of the craft chocolate industry in the US.
Tabal Chocolate is organic certified, kosher certified, gluten-free, vegan, soy free, and made from bean to bar in small batches using stone grinders.
In April of 2017 we opened our first retail store! Located at 7515 Harwood Avenue, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In our new location we produce all our chocolate in small batches. You can come and see the cacao being ground into chocolate and our chocolate makers hard at work! We now also offer classes in chocolate making, Brazilian brigadeiro (Truffles), gelato and chocolate sorbet (dairy free) made with our dark chocolate at our storefront location.
MEANING OF TABAL
Tabal, Mayan in origin, means relationship. Chocolate is more than just a food. It brings us together. Leave chocolate out on the table and friends, family, and strangers will converge. Conversations happen and memories are made. Relationships are built.
At Tabal Chocolate, we love chocolate. The smell, the taste, the very thought of it. But it’s chocolate’s power to bring people together that fuels our passion to make the best chocolate in the world.
RISHI TEA — is a vanguard practitioner of tea and botanical arts; a wellspring of adventure to curious tasters like you through devotion to their craft. Tabal uses the finest Rishi tea in three of our chocolate bars. Tea House Matcha, Peppermint Rooibos and Masala Chai.
Wence Martinez — Master tribal weaver from Oaxaca Mexico, Wence Martinez creates hand spun wool tapestries in a nearly 30 year collaboration with his wife, symbolist painter, Sandra Martinez. They have graciously allowed us to use their designs on our KA (Nicaragua and Colombia) chocolate bars.
Milwaukee School of Engineering — MSOE has been instrumental in the review and development of small to medium scale bean to bar chocolate machines in collaboration with Tabal.
Our logo comes from the shape of the stone grinding wheels. You can see the hand cut grooves in the volcanic stone. That allows for a smooth flow of cacao liquor off of the stone as it is ground.
Tabal Chocolate is located in the historic village of Wauwatosa, WI. Our building circa 1929 appears in "Path Of A Pioneer" (~1996), a history of the first hundred years of We Energies and its predecessor companies. This building was an appliance sales shop, where the company sold electric appliances as part of their plan to expand the use of electricity beyond street cars and electric trolleys.