Tabal Chocolate

7515 Harwood Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI, 53213

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm

VALUES

IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

I was a child, I used to go to the local bakery and butcher shops with my grandfather. He loved to chat with the store owners who made him feel at home, welcome and trusted. It was those early experiences that formed my value system of mutual respect for people and the value of building trusting relationships with them.

At Tabal:

*We value people and the relationships we build with them.

*We value the environment and work hard to create zero waste in our production process.

*We value our local community as well as the community we have developed through out the world.

*We value slow food (bean to bar chocolate) and high quality ingredients because they promote health and a high quality of life.

ABOUT

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 vegan, gluten-free, soy free,  and made from the highest quality ingredients.  Our chocolate is made 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.

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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.  

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HISTORIC BUILDING

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. 

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Partners

BREWERIES using our nibs and chocolate

MobCraft Beer Milwaukee, WI

Explorium Brewpub Greendale, WI

1840 Brewing Company Milwaukee, WI

Breton Brewing Company Nova Scotia, Canada

Lakefront Brewery Milwaukee, WI

Marz Community Brewing Company Chicago, IL

Vennture Brewing Company Milwaukee, WI

West Sixth Brewing Lexington, KY

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company Decorah, IA

RESTAURANTS using our custom chocolate couveture

Braise Milwaukee, WI

Morel Milwaukee, WI

La Merenda Milwaukee, WI

Engine Company 3 Milwaukee, WI

SCHOOLS where we educate and provide resources

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.

Marquette University - School of Business

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Wauwatosa School District

Deer Creek Intermediate School - St. Francis School District

School District of Greenfield, WI

South Milwaukee Middle School - School District of South Milwaukee

OTHER business & Non-PROFIT collaborations

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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 numerous chocolate bars including Matcha, Peppermint Rooibos and Masala Chai.

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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.

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ENLIVEN INTERNATIONAL - (NONPROFIT) “Make Chocolate Cure Poverty”

The money you spend on chocolate made by Tabal with Enliven Cacao beans goes to the development of the local community in Nicaragua. When you buy chocolate with enliven cacao, you're investing in people, helping families, and changing lives!

Craft chocolate makers like Tabal Chocolate, and our customers are all combining to bring economic independence, education, and social development to the hardworking families of the communities surrounding Rancho Grande in Nicaragua.

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UNCOMMON CACAO (NONPROFIT) “Radically Transparent Trade”

Uncommon Cacao sources quality cacao from producers we trust. We build authentic, long-term relationships across the supply chain to create stability and success for all.

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IRIE CHILD (NONPROFIT) Spreading love by empowering youth to facilitate personal growth & academic achievement through positive community outreach in developing nations.

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NAHUA CACAO “Cacao with a purpose”

Nahua (pronounced /ˈnɑːwɑː/) is Costa Rica’s leading fine flavor cacao producer with a social mission, supplying leading chocolatiers and cacao buyers around the world. Grown in the fertile soils of Costa Rica, their single origin Trinitario cacao beans are nurtured to their full-bodied flavor potential through a meticulous post-harvest process.

Nahua is committed to improving the lives of smallholder farmers through training, support and community engagement, and focus on the environment by promoting sustainable farming practices, reforestation and the conservation of natural ecosystems. We seek to make a positive impact, one cacao bean at a time