Dandelion Chocolate Factory & Salon
298 Alabama St., SF
Dandelion Chocolate’s factory at 16th & Harrison in SF’s Mission District, opened to the public April 2019, has 10x the capacity of their original factory on Valencia St., and offers tours, classes, a small to-go café, and a chocolate salon, which aims to be the local version of Angelina in Paris.
Dandelion makes bean-to-bar chocolate but they go beyond small-batch and actually custom roast each bag of beans they import to bring out its unique flavors. They opened their first café and open factory kitchen in December 2012. They have since opened a store in the Ferry Building, a café in Tokyo, a store and cacao bar in Kyoto, 2 additional stores in Japan, and pop-ups in LA and Taiwan.
Roasting beans by the bag, Dandelion isn’t aiming for consistency but instead to make the best-tasting chocolate each time. Each bar is wrapped in pretty handmade paper with the wrapper signed by its maker. The wrappers include a helpful description of the beans and the process used, and the flavor notes of the particular bar.
They offer free tours of their kitchen/factory, chocolate making classes & trips to Belize to learn about cacao farming.