CACAO BEANSORGANIC MAYAN CACAO BEAN
We use only the highest quality cacao beans, ethically sourced from certified organic growers and bring out the natural flavors with minimal processing.
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Cacao vs. Cocoa
Cacao and Cocoa both derive from the cacao tree, native to Central and South America. Cocoa has been more heavily processed and refined; it often contains additives and sweeteners to “enhance” the flavors. Cacao is minimally processed. The fruit of the Cacao tree is allowed to dry naturally, and the beans are slowly roasted over low heat.
Cocoa Bean Production
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), worldwide production of cocoa beans was more than 4 billion pounds in 2016.
Criollo Cacao Bean
The rare Criollo cacao bean accounts for only 5% of the world’s cacao production. The Criollo is delicate and complex, low in classic chocolate flavor, but is rich in secondary flavorful notes.