Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour

August 19, 2007 | Chuck
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory

Scharffen Berger is a small batch, artisan chocolate manufacturer located in Berkeley, CA. As a chocolate maker, they execute every step in the manufacturing process from sourcing the cacao beans to molding the bars. I love the taste of Scharffen Berger chocolate, which is dark, rich and fruity.

Besides its superior quality, I really like Scharffen Berger because it is a small operation and is made locally in the Bay Area. I was disappointed that Hershey bought them out in 2005. My fear was the artisan manufacturing processes would be replaced by cheaper methods to produce more chocolate. I'm glad to say from a chocolate making perspective, nothing has changed at Scharffen Berger and it's still my favorite chocolate brand.

One of my favorite activities with out of town guests is to take them on the Scharffen Berger Factory Tour. It's a great outing, especially if your guests are chocoholics. Last month, I took my chocolate loving parents on the tour. The factory is just a small brick building, which means the tour takes less than an hour to complete. Most of the time is spent learning about the cacao tree and chocolate making process. The best part is the free samples.

You can kill half a day at Scharffen Berger between the tour, shopping for chocolate and eating at Cafe Cacao. The cafe is adjacent to the factory and serves both savory dishes (some with chocolate) and dessert. The Scharffen Berger factory is definitely worth a visit if you love chocolate!

Location & Hours:
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker - Tour Reservations
914 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
(510) 981-4066
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5 Comments on “Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour”

  1. Darlene said:

    I’m going to San Francisco in a few weeks and I can’t wait to go on this tour. Your photos look fantastic.

  2. Chuck said:

    Darlene, if you are heading out to Berkeley to take the tour, you should also checkout Cheeseboard for their pizza and artisan cheese. They make one pie a day with unique toppings. Fresh pizza is available until 2:00 pm during their lunch hours. And then head over to Bakesale Betty’s (Oakland) for the pies, baked goods and sandwiches.

    A good eating tour would be Scharffen Berger for a morning tour, Cheeseboard for lunch and then Bakesale Betty’s for dessert. And then back to San Francisco before 4:00 pm to beat the Bay Bridge traffic and a long nap to re-energize for your evening activities!

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