A double dose of dark chocolate. Crunchy, high-antioxidant cacao nibs smothered with a sweet layer of organic dark chocolate. Sweet and dark, smooth and crunchy: like a chocolate-covered espresso bean, but without all the caffeine!
Made from ecologically grown RAW cacao nibs (of the classic South American variety admired for its aroma and rich blend of flavors), we ensure careful processing for maximum purity and nutrient content.
- Sweet and dark, smooth and crunchy: like a chocolate-covered espresso bean
- The flavor of sweet dark chocolate, with the antioxidant punch of real RAW cacao nibs
- Ecologically grown and carefully dried and fermented for maximum purity and nutrition
Cooperative Cacao Farms
Our source is a cooperative of many small farmers. These small farmers and their ancestors have cared for their land for centuries, cultivating traditional Andean and Amazonian foods without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The farmers of the cooperative all work together to help each other create the finest quality cacao. Whenever necessary, the cooperative provides its members with financial aid and technical assistance to ensure a superior harvest — both in the short run and in the long run.
Beyond Organic Cacao
Beyond the basic requirements for organic certification, our partners encourage and share natural techniques for enhancing soil health and controlling pests, weeds, and disease — all of which is better for the cacao AND for the environment. In addition to being organic, our entire cacao cooperative receives a certification similar to “Fair Trade,” ensuring overall social responsibility and positive environmental impact. Our “Fair Choice” certification ensures fair and healthy operations in a wide range of areas including working conditions, medical access, fair pay, health and safety, child protection, and environment and community impact.
low-temp fermented cacao
Truly Raw Cacao Nibs
Each farm harvests the cacao pods from their trees at the peak of ripeness. 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 (in covered, elevated beds to prevent contamination). Finally, the beans are machine "cracked" into nibs, and the papery skins are separated from the nibs simply by fan power.
The final product is checked and graded, then bagged for shipment to our air-conditioned facility in Southern California.
California Prop 65 Warning
For strictly legal reasons, this product is labeled with a scary-looking warning required by California’s Proposition 65. These products comply with all health and safety standards of the FDA, USDA Organic, and our various certification partners (Non-GMO, Gluten Free, and Kosher), and we personally trust and consume these products every day. However, like many berries, root vegetables, and chocolate products, this one contain trace quantities of naturally-occurring minerals in perfectly safe quantities. Nevertheless, we are required to label the package in order to sell product in California.
Please do not be alarmed by the warning sticker, and understand that a “Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.” Prop 65 is impacting more and more suppliers and retailers (including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s) and soon these labels will be on many natural food products throughout California and across the country.
To learn more about this issue, read about it here on our blog.