Cacao -v- Cocoa – are they the same?

  • Cacao and Cocoa are often used interchangeable, they both come from the same plant and are made from the same beans. Cocoa seems to have become the British slang term for cacao, however, there is a difference between them.
  • Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans, this process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao.
Cocoa is made from beans that have been roasted at extremely high temperature (tempered) – during this process some of the health and healing benefits are lost (but not all).
  • The powdered form of cacao/cocoa has had the cacao/cocoa butter removed.
  • Ceremonial grade cacao is very different from other forms of cacao for 3 main reasons
    • It’s produced from Native Cacao Strains: native meaning it’s found growing naturally, in the wild, without human interaction/cultivation.
    • Minimal processing: this means the beans still contain all or most of their natural compounds. Ceremonial cacao is NEVER tempered
    • 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.