Process - From Tree to Bean

Did you know that cacao is a fermented food?

  • Cocoa beans occur in the fruit pods of the tree, Theobroma cacao.
  • The beans are embedded in a viscous, sugary pulp and after harvesting the beans and pulp are removed from the pods.
  • Microbial fermentation of the beans and pulp occurs naturally, which degrades the pulp and facilitates subsequent drying of the beans.