Alex Whitmore

Alex Whitmore is a co-founder of Taza Chocolate.

  • Heart of Chocolate

    Drawn by rumors of unique, uncultivated cacao trees, an artisan chocolatier continues his quest for top-notch nibs in the lowlands of Bolivia

  • Cacao by the Truckload

    The co-founder of a small bean-to-bar chocolate company visits another world: a giant storage warehouse.

  • The Secret Behind Special Chocolate

    The author describes the ancient Mexican art of cocoa-milling--but he can only reveal so much.

  • How to Make a Chocolate Bar

    It's not easy to find high-quality, organic cacao. But the work pays off in the form of a rich chocolate bar.

  • Cacao Tejate: Ancient Chocolate Drink

    Hand-milled in Mexico for centuries from cocoa beans, corn, and the flower of the "funeral tree," it's like an artisinal Frosty. The local producers, who also sell it, each make their own customized versions of the chocolatey beverage, adding such extras as chilies, salsa, or herbs.

  • Mexican Chocolate: Rustic, Stronger, Better

    Mexican chocolate has strong flavors and rustic textures you just won't find in a bar of the European stuff. It's no wonder: chocolate has been a food--not a candy--in Central and South America for thousands of years before it ever got to Europe.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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