Cacao Powder (Organic Ecuadorian)

Theobroma cacao L, Criollo
Product Name Price Qty
Organic Ecuadorian Cacao Powder 5lb
$42.93
Organic Ecuadorian Cacao Powder Ariba Nacional Variety- 55lb
$7.25
This pure cacao powder is perfect in any recipe: smoothies, hot chocolate, brownies, cookies, cakes, and raw desserts! Revered by ancient cultures, Cacao — aka "raw chocolate" — is a treasure-trove of antioxidants and mood-boosting phytochemicals.

To make this stimulating, nutritious raw cacao powder, we cold-press artisinal organic cacao beans, removing the fatty cacao butter while retaining all of cacao's vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. No sugar and zero additives!
  • Even the fats in cacao are good for you — so snack away!
  • Sugarless whole-food "chocolate chip"
  • A mood-boosting, energizing alternative to coffee
  • Ecologically grown and carefully dried and fermented for maximum purity and nutrition
  • RAW, unroasted cacao for excellent aroma, flavor, and nutrition

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Organic Cacao Beans

Food of the Gods

Revered by ancient cultures as the food of the gods, Cacao was once traded as currency. Today, science is catching up with the ancients: these sugarless treats provide more cell-protecting antioxidants than any food on earth! Plus they contain mood-boosting phytochemicals (including theobromine and anandamide) and they provide some of the same molecules your brain produces when you're happy or in love.

Purity

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.
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Beyond Fair-Trade

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 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.

Fair Choice

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.

All across the world, we pay small farms and indigenous groups a premium price for their crops and also give back 1% to non-profits like Amazon Watch. That's why it's more than health food - it's Essential Living Food.
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Low-Temp Process

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.

The beans are machine "cracked" into nibs, and the papery skins are separated from the nibs simply by fan power.

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 22%, while our Peruvian cacao powder is about 11%).

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.

The Ripple Effect

You are powerful

This product is your vote for a better world. Across the planet, we seek the finest superfoods and pay a premium for the exceptional craftsmanship of small farmers, cooperatives, and indigenous communities. We also give back 1% to local non-profits like Amazon Watch, who protect the land and the communities who depend on it.

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.