Frequently Asked Questions About Our Cocoa Blends

Cocoa info

Cocoa refers to the raw material used in the production of chocolate. It is extracted from the seeds of the cocoa tree.

Cocoa powder is the dry powder obtained by grinding cocoa beans and removing the fat (cocoa butter)

Cocoa powder is produced by roasting cocoa beans, grinding them and then pressing them to separate the cocoa butter. The remaining powder is what we know as cocoa powder.

Yes, cocoa powder contains antioxidants, minerals such as magnesium and iron, and can contribute to a positive mood. It is also low in sugar when unsweetened.

Yes, cocoa powder is naturally gluten-free. However, be aware of added ingredients in some cocoa products that may contain gluten.

Cocoa mass has a rich and intense chocolate flavor, while cocoa powder contains less fat and has a more concentrated, bitter chocolate flavor.

Store cocoa powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Avoid direct sunlight, heat, moisture and strong odors. Use dry spoons and check the expiration date regularly. Consider transferring to a dark container if it was originally packaged in clear material.

Natural means that our cocoa powder is NOT alkalized, we make it as pure as possible
held. Alkalization is a treatment with an alkaline, in this case potassium carbonate (potassium carbonate). By reacting with this process aid you can slightly increase the PH value of the powder. This brings out the cocoa flavor a bit more compared to the fruity flavors you taste in natural powders. Alkaline powder is also more easily soluble in liquids. This is often used in the larger chocolate industry to achieve a more stable cocoa taste.

Cocoa & health

The flavonoids in cocoa may contribute to a healthy heart by improving blood flow, reducing inflammation and regulating blood pressure.

Cocoa contains substances such as phenylethylamine, which is known as the "love hormone." It can improve mood and stimulate the production of endorphins, which promotes a feeling of happiness and well-being.

Research suggests that the flavonoids in cocoa may improve cognitive functions, including memory and concentration. It can also promote blood flow to the brain.

Cacao contains a small amount of caffeine and theobromine, stimulants that can contribute to a natural energy boost without the sharp peaks and valleys often associated with other sources of caffeine.

Cocoa contains tryptophan, an amino acid involved in the production of serotonin, the "happiness hormone". This can have a positive effect on mood and reduce stress.

Although caffeine is present in small amounts in cocoa, theobromine is the main active ingredient. Theobromine is known for its milder energy that lasts longer and does not lead to the typical dip after drinking coffee (caffeine). Compared to caffeine, cocoa powder offers a more calm and clear energy. More and more people are switching from coffee to cocoa due to the desire to reduce their caffeine intake and because of cocoa's valued effects.

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