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What’s the Difference between Raw Cacao, Ceremonial Cacao and Cocoa?

In the world of chocolate, you come across several similar terms that seem almost identical—cacao ,cocoa and then there’s ceremonial cacao. Wait, aren’t they all the same thing? Not quite! Let’s dive into this delicious world and uncover the real scoop.

Cacao: The Raw Magic

Imagine a serene grove where cacao trees flourish. When we talk about cacao, we’re referring to the unprocessed version of the beans that hail from these very trees. These beans are handpicked, treated to a fermenting fiesta, and then sun-dried to perfection. The result? Raw cacao that pack a punch of nutrients and antioxidants. There is a little bitterness – raw cacao has a bit of a bold side.

Ceremonial Cacao: The Sacred Drink

Ceremonial Cacao has all its Raw sister’s features, with some very important additions.

Single Origin: In a world where origins are often hidden, Ceremonial Cacao proudly wears its origin on its sleeve. With its heritage traced back to specific regions, you’re not just sipping a drink; you’re experiencing the very essence of the land where it was nurtured.

Nurtured Sustainably: As conscientious custodians of the earth, we cherish Ceremonial Cacao’s commitment to sustainability. Crafted from the highest quality cacao beans, it’s a celebration of cacao grown in harmony with nature on small farms in small batches.

Intention: From tree to cup, Ceremonial Cacao is cultivated with intention, and in alignment with the Cacao Spirit. This means the lands, the farmers, the process, and the finished cacao are treated with compassion, love, respect, and reverence.

Cocoa: Think Processed

Now, let’s take those raw cacao beans on a journey to cocoa-ville. Here, they undergo a series of makeovers. The beans get roasted, ground, tempered, conched and refined sugar and additives are added then voila’—cocoa powder or cocoa butter is born (these are separated out in the processing)!

Our Thoughts

Here at Mindful Cacao, we believe it’s a whole lot more than just playing with words when it comes to this debate. To us, drinking Ceremonial Cacao is like embarking on a journey through the pages of history, weaving in threads of sustainability, intention, and the magic of transformation. If this vibe connects with you, we extend a warm invitation to join us on this beautiful expedition. Let’s share in the journey together.

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