Pure unsweetened chocolate with a dark brown color and smooth texture.
CROP SEASON: September–March (major), May–August (minor)
SHELF LIFE: 24 months
SPECIFICATIONS: Non-GMO, Kosher
OPTIONAL CERTIFICATIONS: Organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest/UTZ
PRODUCERS: Suhum, Aponoape, Kumasi
HOW IT’S MADE
After cocoa beans are harvested, they are fermented and dried in the open air. The dried beans are sorted, cleaned and roasted in order to separate the cocoa meat from the shell, and release the distinctive chocolate flavors. The resulting cocoa meat, also known as cacao nibs, is ground into a paste and heated until it becomes liquid cocoa liquor. After heating, the cocoa liquor hardens into a smooth solid at room temperature or is processed further to create cocoa butter and cocoa powder.
What is the difference between unsweetened chocolate and cocoa liquor?
They are the same thing. The term “unsweetened chocolate” is more common in the United States, whereas outside the U.S. “cocoa liquor” or “cocoa mass” is more common.
Is sweetened or flavored cocoa liquor also available?
Yes, variations on the cocoa liquor are made to meet buyer specifications.
Why should we trust cocoa sourced from this origin?
Almost a quarter of all chocolate consumed in the world is made from cocoa beans grown in Ghana. Premium brands that source cocoa from Ghana include Vahlrona, Scharffen Berger and Lindt & Sprüngli. Mass market brands that source cocoa from Ghana include Nestle, Mars and Hershey. Order a sample or browse our suppliers to learn more.