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What we do...

Locally made, carefully crafted, chocolate. We curate cacao beans from Latin America, then process them into dark chocolate bars, confections, ice cream and drinks at our chocolate factory in downtown Raleigh.  


In the front of our chocolate factory is our retail shop where we provide an immersive chocolate experience.   Here you’ll find the broadest selection of our chocolate offerings, as well as goods we’ve sourced from other local and woman-owned makers.


If you’re not able to make it to the shop, or if you’d like to ship our chocolate to someone else as a gift, you can shop for almost all of our offerings on our online store!


Where we come from...

Escazú is co-owned and operated by Danielle Centeno and Tiana Young. Danielle co-founded Escazú with her extensive culinary background and training, Venezuelan heritage, and curiosity about bean-to-bar chocolate making.  Escazú began during the beginning of the bean to bar chocolate movement in the U.S., and has continued to be informed by her palate, her intuition, and her knowledge of process and ingredients. 


Tiana discovered Escazú first as a college student interested in entrepreneurship, and enamored with food. Her patronage evolved into a part-time job, then a full-time job, then part ownership. 


Together, they lead a small, diverse team of chocolate-makers. Some of whom have also led careers in food, but many of whom come from academic or creative backgrounds that have become attached to chocolate-making through Escazú.

Experience Escazū

PBS NC: North Carolina Weekend
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ABC11: Localish
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NCMA: Made in the Americas
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Indy Week
News & Observer
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