Monthly Open Coworking at Design Annex in Union Square, Somerville

[tweetmeme] Design Annex, the coworking space for creatives in Union Square Somerville that I work out of hosts a monthly open coworking afternoon on the third Thursday of every month. The next one is coming up this week on Thursday, February 17th. Bring your lunch to eat 12-1 and then the space remains open to guests for coworking until 5:30pm.

RSVP for Thursday, February 18th Coworking

RSVP for tomorrow’s coworking on the event page. If you have any questions about Design Annex, let me know. I’ve been working out of the space for the past few months.

What is Design Annex?

Design Annex is a shared office space managed by Mimi Graney and Union Square Main Streets for creative professionals including graphic designers, writers, photographers, architects, etc.

Directions to Design Annex

Design Annex is located on Union Square Plaza, upstairs from Precinct. There is a metered lot immediately beside the building and free resident-only parking on surrounding streets. Less than 1½ miles from Harvard, Kendall, Porter, Central and Sullivan Squares, Design Annex is served by buslines 85, 86, 87, 88, 91 & the CT-2.

TAZA chocolate Factory Tour: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs

Sooz TVThe final installment of my TAZA chocolate tour of their Somerville factory is here! In this video, co-founder Alex Whitmore describes how cocoa nibs are ground. During the grinding process, the cocoa transforms from a solid to liquid because the nibs are oily with 50-55% cocoa butter.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs

Sooz TV: Tour of TAZA chocolate in Somerville — How The Roaster Works

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TAZA chocolate gave tours of their facility in Somerville on December 6th. I’ve tried to use their chocolate for my truffles and they never turned out all that great. Next time I’ll probably use a little less of their choco just to give the truffles a different consistency without overdoing it. I definitely have a better appreciation for their “stone ground bean to bar” chocolate after co-founder Alex Whitmore gave a tour of how they make their chocolate modeled after a traditional Mexican chocolate making process.

In this video, Alex explains how the cocoa beans are roasted.

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Part 1: How The Roaster Works.

Part 2: How The Cocoa Winnowing Machine Works

Part 3: Grinding the Cocoa Nibs