Sharol Nelson-Embry, Cocoa Case owner

I've always loved chocolate and began exploring single-origin dark chocolate while I worked as a naturalist for the East Bay Regional Park District. The two big names in San Francisco-Bay Area chocolate -- Ghirrardelli and Guittard -- arrived with the California Gold Rush. I'm excited to share my enthusiasm for the history and delicious variations found in chocolate grown and harvested around the world with you. Today there's an explosion of bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the Bay Area, as well as around the United States. Let's explore them together!

Certified in Mastering the Art of Chocolate Tasting from the Ecole Chocolat.

Our Chocolate



Single-origin, "Bean-to-Bar" Chocolate

Our chocolate makers work directly with the farmers from the world's finest cacao-growing regions to bring you the most extraordinary flavor profiles available anywhere - known as "bean-to-bar" in the chocolate industry. Most bars selected for you to taste are made with cacao from a single farm or region (single-origin).


Fair Trade, Slavery Free 

Fair trade practices ensure fair wages and better living conditions for the farmers and their workers. Purchasing from Cocoa Case ensures that your delicious chocolate experience is supporting fair and sustainable labor practices - never slavery!


Earth-Friendly Packaging

Our mailing and packaging materials are environmentally sustainable, recyclable or biodegradable.

The Chocolate Makers Featured in our Tastings:

We curate a fine selection of chocolates for you each month allowing you to sample, savor, and compare fine chocolates at your leisure. Our flavor guide helps you to track your experience and your favorite bars. Indulge your senses with a new selection each month with a subscription. Our featured chocolate makers include Dandelion Chocolate (San Francisco, CA), Tcho Chocolate (Berkeley, CA), Cru Chocolate (Sacramento, CA), and Amano Chocolate (Utah) along with the Oakland Chocolate Company (Oakland, CA). We've added Crow and Moss Chocolate (Lake Michigan), Fossa Chocolate (Indonesia), Luisa Abram Chocolate (Brazil), Manoa Chocolate (Oahu, HI),  and Twenty-four Blackbirds Chocolate (Santa Barbara, CA) to our offerings.

"At no other time has Nature concentrated such a wealth of valuable nourishment into such a small space as in the cocoa bean." -Alexander von Humboldt

Featured NEWS AND articles:

Here's a blog post by Marjorie Powell recapping the Birds and Chocolate Birdathon program we hosted for Golden Gate Audubon Society on Mar. 30, 2019 : 

Alameda Magazine article, February 2019 "From One Chocolate Love to Another" by Mary Corbin content is not displayed due to your current cookie settings. Click on the cookie policy (functional and marketing) to agree to the cookie policy and view the content. You can find out more about this in the privacy policy.