Taza Chocolate prepares for Valentine's Day
The roasted beans are then winnowed -- the process of removing the shell and germ from the cacao bean and breaking it into cacao nibs. Taza's winnower is about the size of a large Winnebago.
It works by using puffs of air to separate the lighter chaff from the nib and allowing the heavier nib to be collected. This machine took half a dozen men five days to disassemble and extract it from a candy factory in the Dominican Republic. If the machine had been purchased new, it would have cost more than half a million dollars, Taza officials said.