Cacao Beans, from Soconusco Mexico
Also Known as: Cocoa, Cocoa Beans
Cacao beans are a true aromatic wonder. The light fermentation and gentle drying process ensures that the cacao bean’s valuable nutrients are retained. Specialty Soconusco Cacao - Experience the honest and natural way to enjoy cacao - straight from the tree, straight from the bean.
What Does It Taste Like?
Real Soconusco cacao beans have an earthy aroma and a bitter taste, they also have a balanced acidity, full body profile and distinct flavors of dried fruits, nuts and several spices.
How Is It Used?
Crunchy, bitter and delicious, Cacao beans can be eaten raw as a snack. You can also dip them in chocolate or cinnamon, or crumble them for a crunchy topping on dairy-free yogurt, granola or in smoothie bowls. Other common uses are for hot sweet beverages like Hot Chocolate and Cacao or Chocolate Tea.
Cacao beans (also referred to as Cocoa beans or simply cacao or cocoa) are the dried and fully fermented seed of the Theobroma cacao. Beware: there are many adulterated products out there that include chemicals and other added ingredients. Our Cacao beans are 100% natural and sourced directly from our farms in Mexico.
Cacao beans have been known as the king of antioxidants as well as a natural antidepressant. In addition to that, Cacao beans are packed full of magnesium, potassium and iron.
Raw Cacao beans are known as a "Superfood" because of the myriad of health benefits they offer.
The Antioxidant King - a rich source of antioxidants with an astonishingly high ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g (ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer).
A Plant-Based Source of Iron and Magnesium: have the highest plant-based source of iron known to man (a whopping 7.3mg per 100g vs. beef at 2.5mg and spinach at 3.6mg). Also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium (the most deficient mineral in the Western world). Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to function with greater clarity and focus.
A Great Source of Calcium: Cacao Beans have more calcium than cow’s milk
A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant: Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine, and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy on.
Create your own cacao powder, nibs, paste or butter using our 100% natural Cacao Real Soconusco Beans.
- Grind to make Cacao Powder which can usually be directly substituted in recipes with Cocoa Powder listed as an ingredient.
- Homemade Chocolate (from beans to bar)
- Hot Chocolate and Chocolate Tea
- Rough , homemade Cacao Butter.
To preserve your cacao beans they must be kept in a cool, dry and sealed location. Refrigeration and freezing isn't recommended due to moisture which is not good for the cacao beans.