Our raw cacao powder is made from organic cacao beans from the famous Kokoa Kamili cooperative in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. 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, Morogoro Region, 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.
This review could honestly just consist of the heart-eyes emoji like 50 times over and it would be accurate. This is so rich and so dang good. I've been making hot chocolate almost daily. Every coffee I make gets a little spoonful of this. I made a big batch of chili the other day and added in a couple tablespoons and it was sublime. Definitely buy the 16 oz, I can't imagine how sad I would be if I had just ordered the little jar, because I would be completely out of it now.
Just got this today and had to try a cup of hot coco. It is SO SO good!! I used the recipe from here that someone else posted!
Great addition to our collection!