10 fun facts about Monsoon Chocolate to celebrate their first anniversary

Monsoon Chocolate turns one year old.

Local chocolate factory and cafe Monsoon Chocolate celebrates its first anniversary on Thursday, May 2.

To help commemorate their milestone, we’ve compiled a few fun facts for your enjoyment.

1. Monsoon Chocolate is located in the historic La Buena building that was formerly a tortilla factory.

The sign for the closed La Buena, which now houses Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The sign for the closed La Buena, which now houses Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

2. They use a vintage molino, originally designed for grinding corn into masa, as a ‘pregrinder’ for cacao nibs.

3. They turn ethically-sourced cocoa beans from all over the world into craft chocolate bars, pastries, desserts, beverages, and over 25 flavors of bon bons.

4. While Monsoon Chocolate has only been open for a year, it took over two years to build out the factory space and establish the supply chain for the cocoa beans and sugar.

5. While they are best known for chocolate, they also offer an exceptionally sustainable breakfast and lunch menu.

6. Adam Scott Krantz, the founder, head chocolate maker, and chocolatier, started the chocolate retail program at Time Market in 2013 and the program at World Foods Market in Portland, Oregon.

Adam Krantz, owner of Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Adam Krantz, owner of Monsoon Chocolate (Credit: Jackie Tran)

7. Athene Kline, the pastry chef and chocolatier, was previously the head baker at 5 Points Market & Restaurant and a pastry assistant at the B Line.

8. Jamie Woodard created the tile mosaic inside of the factory’s machine room. She is also Monsoon’s head decor artist (responsible for the beautiful bon bon decor).

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9. Local artist Nika Kaiser is behind the logo and packaging design.

10. Local sculptor and blacksmith Zach Lihatsh built the steel and copper bar, bon bon display case, and bike racks.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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