ORGANIC CACAO, powder
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Country of Origin: Ecuador
Production: After the ripe pod has been cut from the tree, it is opened, the rind discarded, and the pulp and seeds laid out for several days. During this time the pulp liquefies or “sweats” and fermentation starts, which softens the bitter taste and helps to unlock the full aroma of the cacao bean. This fermentation process is usually followed by gently roasting the beans to enhance the chocolate aroma. The beans are then crushed and their thin skins removed so that only pieces or “nibs” remain. Cacao nibs are then ground into a thick brown liquid called cacao paste (aka cacao mass or liquor) which is made up of cacao butter (55-60%) and suspended fine cacao particles. This cacao paste is subsequently pressed until it separates into cacao butter and a cacao “cake” which is then ground to produce cacao powder.
*Note: if you are looking for a raw product, please check out our 100% Arriba Criollo cacao (beans, nibs, paste, butter, and powder) which remain unroasted - just sun-dried and slow processed, keeping them raw from start to finish.
Qualities: Cacao powder has the lowest fat content compared to all other cacao products. Cacao is believed to contain high amounts of antioxidants such as flavonoids, and many other nutrients and minerals like stearic and oleic fatty acid, anandamide (the bliss chemical), theobromine, manganese, zinc, copper, sulfur, PEA, and tryptophan. The list of cacao’s acclaimed health benefits is lengthy and includes anti-inflammatory and heart-protective properties, calming hormones, restoration of feelings of well-being, increased energy, fighting chronic fatigue, anti-aging, and appetite-suppressing properties, improved kidney and cognitive functions, skin and tooth protection, and more. No surprise the Incas considered cacao to the “drink of the gods” which gave rise to the scientific name of the cacao tree Theobroma cacao, theo, meaning god, and broma meaning drink. Cacao has been cultivated in Ecuador since the 17th century and was the main product of export up until the 1920s.
Common Use: Cacao powder can be enjoyed in countless recipes and food preparations, raw, cooked or baked, sweet or savory...however you want to experience the uniquely wonderful taste of chocolate.
Storage: Best kept at room temperatures around 20C (68F), away from direct sunlight, protected from moisture, and tightly sealed.
Safety: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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Great product. Especially good if your are a bad speller, like me. You could either order cacao, or cocoa, and either way, you'll get something chocolatey. Just remember to add sweetener, like "H-O-N-E-Y", or "S-T-E-V-I-A" (I also add almond mylk, berries, and protein). But seriously, you can taste the good stuff in it. And I don't know how they did it, but I think they put extra YUM in this too. I'm not complaining.
This organic cacao powder is one of the best ones I've ever tried. It tastes slightly bitter and I love this as well as its rich flavor. I am a cacao lover, so I could definitely make the difference. I would definitely order again.
So fresh and good smelling, and tasting. Organic, a must for such a product! Perfect balance of roasting. No jitters and other frequent side effects occuring with cacao containing icky stuff. Good with insomniacs (though, don't take five mugs before sleep!), anxious people, and sensitive kids. For me too ;) Aroma sented the place all over when I opened the bag. Made friends taste it, they rose in love too. Blends well with other products, be it mushrooms, pau d'arco, cardamom and others. Have fun! The product is so good that blending it with pretty much any connecting spices you enjoy will give a good mixture! Have fun, and do yourself good, test it :)