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Cacao nibs are crushed pieces of cocoa beans. They’re the darkest, bitterest essence of chocolate flavor and possess a fantastic crunch. They are quite possibly the best thing to ever possibly happen to your banana bread.

  • Whole Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 100% natural cacao
  • A good source of minerals such as magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium
  • Mix into chocolate ice cream, smoothies, or yogurt
  • An antioxidant-rich supplement with antiseptic
  • Taste & Aroma Bittersweet
  • Product Style Whole
  • Cuisine American, Latin American, Mexican
  • Qualities All Natural, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO
  • Handling / Storage Store in a cool, dry place
  • All Natural 
  • Shelf Life 3 years
  • Product of Mexico

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CACAO NIBS COCOA BEAN

Cacao Nibs Cocoa bean, the difference between is the bean that comes from the cacao tree, which is known by the scientific name of Theobroma cacao. Cacao pods – large football-shaped fruits – grow off the trunk and limbs of the cacao tree, and cacao beans are found inside the pods. 

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Food of the gods

Cacao nibs are cocoa beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. Cocoa nibs can be eaten as a snack or added to baked goods and other dishes for added crunch and chocolaty flavor. These flavorful little pieces also have great nutritional value. Cocoa Nibs taste vaguely similar to roasted coffee beans. Cocoa Nibs are always found in small pieces, rather than coffee bean-sized pieces. The flavor is slightly nutty and, while there are definitely some chocolate notes in there, they are primarily going to contribute texture and a hint of bitterness (the same as raw cocoa powder). Cacao nibs do serve to draw out darker notes in chocolate, which is why they are such a popular addition. Cocoa Nibs are one of the best dietary sources of magnesium as well as a good source of calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and potassium. This product is naturally glutenfree.

The beans are harvested, fermented and dried. They are then cleaned and roasted, after which point the products are often referred to as “cocoa.” In other words, “cocoa” is what the bean is called after it has been processed. 

Growing

Cacao (a.k.a. cocoa beans) comes from the cacao tree or Theobroma cacao. Theobroma is a Greek word that means “food of the gods.” The cacao tree is an evergreen found in over 50 tropical countries and estimated to be grown by 2 million to 2.5 million producers, 90% of whom are small-scale farmers with 12 acres or less.

The tree can grow up to 30 feet but is often pruned to make harvesting easier for the farmers. Once a tree is planted, it can take up to five years before it produces cacao pods, and it can continue to produce pods year round until it is 25 or 30 years old. Every year, cacao trees grow thousands of flowers on their trunks and branches. Only a small percentage (as low as 1%) of these flowers will actually produce a cacao pod or masorca.

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Grow up to 30 feet

This pod, which is the fruit of the tree, can be similar to the size and shape of a football and grows out of the trunk and branches of the tree. Pods can be found in a range of colors from dark brown to orange, red, yellow, and green. A cacao pod will begin to ripen 5-6 months after it flowers. Each pod contains beans, the seeds of the fruit that are shaped like a flat almond, surrounded by a sweet pulp. There are roughly 30-50 beans in a typical pod. These beans are what ultimately get transformed into cocoa powder or chocolate.

Harvesting

Once the pods are ripe, they are cut down from the trees, typically with machetes or, for the higher pods, using long poles with a cutting edge. They are cut with care so that the stalks are not damaged and can produce fruit the following year. Though pods can be harvested year round there are two major harvest times: the main harvest and the mid-harvest, which falls about six months after the main harvest.

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Cacao Pods 

Removing Cacao

Once on the ground, the pods are graded for quality and placed into piles. The pods are then opened with a machete or a wooden club by cracking the pod so that it can be split in half. The beans, still surrounded by the sweet pulp, are removed and piled on top of large leaves, often from banana trees.

Fermenting

Once the cacao beans have been removed from the pods, they are fermented to remove the mucilage, stop the bean from germinating, and to begin flavor development. Many farmers traditionally ferment the beans in a large pile on the ground in between banana leaves or sacks. Some producer groups, such as our producer, bring the beans to a central fermentation area where they are fermented in wooden boxes for a period up to six days. Fermentation is essential to the development of a high-quality cacao bean that will be transformed into gourmet chocolate.

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Fermenting The Cocoa Bean 

Drying

After fermentation, the beans are dried, bringing the humidity of the beans down to between 6% and 8% for storage and export. Cacao beans are often dried in the sun, which can happen on tarps, mats, or patios. They are continually raked so that they will dry more evenly. The drying process can take up to a week; however, if the beans are dried too long they will become brittle. If they are not dried long enough they run the risk of becoming moldy. Some producers also have access to automatic driers, which are used when the weather is rainy or cloudy and they are unable to sun dry the beans. Once dried, cacao beans can be stored for 4-5 years.

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The drying process

Roasting & Winnowing

When the dried cacao beans arrive at the processing plant they are first cleaned to remove any debris. Next, the beans are roasted to darken the color and to further bring out the flavor characteristics of the cacao. The beans can be roasted at different temperatures and for different lengths of time, depending on different variables such as humidity, size of the beans, and the desired flavor. After roasting, the beans are “winnowed” to remove the shells from around the bean, leaving only the roasted cocoa nib, which is the key ingredient for making chocolate.

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The beans are roasted to darken

Grinding

After roasting and winnowing, the cocoa nibs are ground into a paste called chocolate liquor (a.k.a cocoa mass). Despite the name, chocolate liquor has absolutely no alcoholic content.

Chocolate liquor can either be used directly in the production of chocolate bars or further processed to separate the fat, known as cocoa butter, from the cocoa solids, leaving cocoa press cake. Cocoa butter is used in chocolate bars and beauty products. The cocoa press cake is milled into cocoa powder to be used for baking cocoa and hot cocoa.

Conching

Once the beans are processed into chocolate liquor and cocoa butter, the manufacturing of finished products can begin. To make chocolate bars, chocolate liquor and cocoa butter are blended with other ingredients such as sugar, vanilla, and milk (for milk chocolate). These ingredients are then refined. For Equal Exchange chocolate bars, this means the particle size of the ingredients is refined to such a small size that they cannot be felt by the human tongue, giving the chocolate much of its smooth texture. This mixture is then “conched,” or mixed and aerated at high temperatures. This process thoroughly blends the ingredients, taking out some of the acidity of the cacao and further developing the flavors that will appear in the final bar.

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Traditionally, conching has been an extended process of mixing the ingredients for long periods of time, often for days. It is now common for companies to use soy lecithin, an emulsifier, to help blend the ingredients, allowing them to drastically cut down on conching time and costs. We are proud to say that Equal Exchange does not use soy lecithin in any of our products. Instead, our bars are crafted using extended conching for a period of 24-72 hours depending on the bar. It is our belief that this method creates a superior chocolate that is both incredibly smooth and full of well-balanced flavors.

Tempering & Molding

After the conching is complete, the chocolate is then “tempered” through a slow, stepped decrease in temperature. During this process, the chocolate is cooled and then warmed, then cooled further and warmed once again, and so on until it reaches the correct temperature, creating an even crystallization of the ingredients throughout the chocolate. If done well, tempering is what gives the chocolate its smooth texture and snap when broken in two. After the chocolate is properly tempered, it is ready for additional ingredient inclusions such as almonds, coffee beans, or sea salt.

The chocolate is then poured into molds, which form the shape of the bar. The chocolate cools until it becomes solid and is then removed from the molds as chocolate bars. Once the bars are cooled, they are wrapped in their inner wrapper to keep the chocolate fresh for 12-24 months. They are then labeled, packed in cases and stacked on pallets ready to be shipped to and to be eaten!


RAW TIRAMISU WITH COFFEE LADYFINGERS [VEGAN] recipe

Many people say that eating dark chocolate is good for you because it contains a lot of antioxidants. But, the less processed, often bitter tasting raw cacao is even better for you. Grown in the warm climate of Central and South America, among other places like Mexico, cacao beans are the base of chocolates and many dessert dishes. Cacao beans heated at a low temperature are considered raw, and can be purchased whole, in pieces called nibs, or grounded.

Raw cacao can help decrease oxidation of the “bad” cholesterol in our bodies, which helps lower our risk for heart disease. Studies show that the components in cacao may help prevent cancer as well.

 

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Raw desserts typically can wow even the skeptics, and this raw vegan tiramisu is no exception. Try this take on a classic, elegant dessert.

Ingredients 

Dairy Free, Vegan, Raw vegan 

Crust

  • 1 cup oats or walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed coffee

Ladyfingers

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup dates
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed coffee

Vanilla cream

  • 2 cups pine nuts or macadamia nuts
  • 2 cups water, as needed
  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons coconut nectar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons soy lecithin (optional, but recommended to thicken the mixture)

Preparation

  1. To make the crust: process the oats or walnuts into flour in a food processor. Add the raisins and coffee and process until it forms a ball. Press evenly into the bottom of a lined bread pan. Set in the fridge.
  2. To make the ladyfingers: process the oats into flour in a food processor then combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor until they begin to stick together. Form into rectangular cookies (ladyfingers) that will fit into your baking pan. Dehydrate for 1-2 hours on each side, or use your oven at its lowest temperature.
  3. To make the vanilla cream: blend all the ingredients until smooth and thick, like pudding, adding liquid as needed. Spread half this mixture onto your crust, then place your lady’s fingers close beside each other on top of the vanilla cream. Carefully spread on the rest of the vanilla cream and set in the fridge or freezer for at least 24 hours.
  4. When ready to serve: gently take the tiramisu out of the pan, dust with cocoa powder, and slice into squares with a sharp knife.

Notes 

Steep roasted coffee beans in water overnight, strain, and use the liquid.
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