Our raw cacao powder is made from organic cacao beans from the famous Kokoa Kamili cooperative. The beans are not roasted before grinding - they're fermented and sun-dried for a fruity, bright flavor.
It's a fruity and nutty cacao that's great for sweets but is particularly delicious as a savory ingredient as an alternative to paprika in stews, chilis, and tomato sauces, where it adds sweetness and depth similar to caramelized onions, barbecue or soy sauce.
- Origin: Kilombero Valley, Tanzania
Process: Naturally fermented & sun-dried
Ingredients: 100% cacao bean solids, ground. (Theobroma cacao, v. Trinitario)
- Tasting notes: Dried Cherry • Tannins • Bittersweet Chocolate
- Replace paprika with cacao in stews, sauces, chili and rubs
- Swap out for processed cocoa powder in brownies, chocolate cakes, or puddings
- Mix with milk (or milk alternative) for delightful hot chocolate
- Replace chocolate for a killer mole sauce
- Pairs well with: Royal Cinnamon, Pemba Cloves, Black Urfa Chili
The Kokoa Kamili cooperative is comprised of nearly 3,000 smallholder farmers in the Kilombero Valley. They provide training and support for their member farmers, as well as cocoa tree seedlings (over 140,000 so far) for free or well below cost.
Kokoa Kamili supply cocoa beans to a lot of well-respected chocolate makers here in the US, including Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco and Raaka in NYC.
With this spice, they've gone one step further and turned the cocoa beans into powder. Rather than relying on someone else to take this step, they're creating an opportunity to bring more money back to their member farmers.
Their cacao powder is minimally processed and unroasted: the beans are fermented using the cacao fruit sugars, and then heated gently to extract the fat (which is used to make cocoa butter.) The powder is the byproduct of the cocoa butter-making process, which is typically used for cosmetics.
We have been buying our kitchen spices from Burlap & Barrel since earlier this year. We love the quality and the fact that most items are single-sourced from a producer or coop known personally to B&B staff. This how how you deliver the best quality botanical ingredients to end users—know your source, know where your spices come from. It’s about building relationships!
Love this cacao! Tasty addition to my oats in the morning.
Great flavor. I was so happy to find Burlap and Barrel fantastic spices with a flavor that is a step above other brands.
Everything was excellent. Particularly excited about the cacao powder which went directly into a cake batter. Always love Urfa chili which I mix with the cured sumac and sprinkle on rice or bread and butter.
excellent cust. svc.