Revered by ancient cultures as the food of the gods, Cacao Beans were once traded as currency. We now know that Cacao products – and especially Raw Cacao Powder - are a treasure-trove of antioxidants and mood-boosting phytochemicals. Cacao Powder is made by cold-pressing cacao butter from the beans, cutting down on fat calories while still giving you all of cacao's vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. This stimulating, nutritious powder is perfect in all your recipes: hot chocolate, fudge, cookies, cakes, and raw desserts!
- Fluffy, potent cacao powder, low in fat (11%).
- Possibly one of the world’s most powerful health foods, incredibly rich in antioxidants.
- Mood-Boosting, Energizing alternative to coffee.
- Easy to use in healthy chocolate recipes
Truly Raw Cacao
When we first pioneered RAW chocolate 10 years ago, our primary concern was microbial purity. Traditionally, since the cacao destined for chocolate production is cooked and heavily processed, fresh cacao beans were fermented in the open jungle, with little concern for purity. For this reason, when we pioneered RAW cacao, we had to develop pristine fermentation techniques and facilities. The explosive popularity of RAW cacao led to many copycats selling cacao that was contaminated with mold, yeast, and bacteria. As always, we use careful processing and lab testing to guarantee that our cacao is 100% free of pathogens like E. coli, staph, and salmonella.
Sun Dried Cacao Bean
Cacao beans from freshly-split pods are fermented under control at 40°C / 104°F and then washed in potable water before being solar-dried.
low-temp fermented cacao
Making Cacao Powder
The nibs are then fed into a hydraulic press that squeezes them, pressing out the buttery golden oil. After pressing the butter from the nibs, the concentrated cake left behind is low in fat (about 11%, while our Ecuadorian cacao powder is 22%).
The cacao cake is then cold-milled to a powder and then fine sieved for use as cacao powder.
Never contaminated by clarifying chemicals or solvents,it retains high levels of nutrients and antioxidants. Prior to final packing, every lot of cacao is tested at an independent lab for a full microbial analysis. These results are always available for interested customers.
Every Product has an origin
and an impact
You stand at the finish line of an amazing journey with a miraculous beginning: Soil, Water, Sunshine...and Seed. With care and craftsmanship, Life unfolds, blossoms, and thrives. No chemicals needed. Just skill, hard work, and love for the land.
Every point on this map is a place that you touch. A farm. A community. An economy. An ecosystem.
These are the origins. You are the source.