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Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder

The deliciousness of organic cocoa powder

There are few tastes on Earth as satisfying as cocoa powder. Rich and intense in flavour, cocoa powder makes for a welcome addition to morning smoothies, coffees and cereal. But it’s not all about the flavour. Organic, unsweetened cocoa powder can also provide many benefits to the health of the individual who chooses to consume it on a semi-regular basis.

 What is cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder is  made by processing cacao beans  at  high  temperatures. The cacao  beans are fermented and roasted. The product is finely ground and sifted before being sold as natural cocoa”. ‘Cocoa powder is not to be confused with cacao powder obtained from the same plant but only fermented and not roasted.

How is cocoa powder made?

Cocoa powder is made from cocoa beans that grow on the cacao tree. The cocoa beans are progressively fermented, dried, roasted and then cracked. After that, they are ground to obtain a paste called chocolate liquor. After this is again dried, it is reground into powder

How to make cocoa powder

Making cocoa powder at home is a fairly laborious process. You will need a supply of cacao pods,some banana leaves, some buckets, a food processor and a coffee grinder. The process runs like this.

  • Shell all the cacao pods and extract the beans.

  • Place the beans in buckets lined with banana leaves.

  • Cover buckets for three days and allow the beans to ferment

  • Remove the beans from the buckets and allow them to dry in the sun for four days.

  • Oven roast the beans at 250 degrees for twenty five minutes. The beans should be spread out on an oven pan appropriately lined with greaseproof paper

  • Remove beans from oven and allow to cool

  • Separate the cacao nibs from the bean shell

  • Once cool, grind the beans firstly in the food processor - then re-grind in the coffee grinder.

  • Your cocoa powder is then ready to be used

How many calories in cocoa powder?

One serving of a tablespoon (6 grams) of unsweetened cocoa contains approximately 15 calories.

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