A method of treating the nib or the liquor with an alkali solution after roasting, which will reduce the acidity by increasing the normal pH factor from about 5.0 up to 8.0. The name honors the homeland of its inventor, C.J. Van Houten.
It is a cross between the Criollo and Forastero varieties. Trinitario has a great variety of characteristics but generally possesses good, aromatic flavor. Trinitario trees are particularly suitable for cultivation. A cocoa variety from Trinidad.
The most common grown and used beans. They are most likely native to the Amazon basin. These beans make up about 80 percent of the world's production and are grown primarily in Africa, Ecuador, and Brazil. This variety grows very quickly and has high productivity and performance.
A premium variety of cocoa beans grown primarily in South and Central America. Considered the rarest and noblest cacao in the world. A cocoa fruit variety which comes from the Amazon having big size beans. The color is light, the shape is round, and the taste is sweet.
The Mayans are most often credited with inventing drinking chocolate in 500 B.C., though recent evidence suggests the brew could date back even further (2,500 - 3,000 years!)
Cocoa butter (main source of fat in chocolate) contains oleic acid, the monounsaturated fat in olive oil, and stearic acid, a type of saturated fat that doesn't raise "bad" LDL cholesterol.