Cocoa powder to many is the sweet dark stuff that yields a milky drink on a cold winter evening but to bakers and chocolatiers it means something entirely different. True cocoa is made directly from cacao beans and lacks the sugary sweet additives we love so much in our winter time beverages.
What exactly is cocoa powder? Well in the chocolate marketplace it is what results when cacao goes through the cocoa pressing process. When a cacao bean is pressed the majority of the fat which is also known as cocoa butter is taken out of the bean. The cocoa nibs (known to the layman as ground up cacao beans) are ground up between thick stones and the paste that results is called chocolate liquor. The liquor is pressed to remove a large portion of the fat from the beans. After the fat is taken out of the beans a chocolate "cake" is formed. This cake is then broken down and results in powder. There is a large difference between the supplemented powder that is available on supermarket shelves and true cocoa, namely the inclusion of massive amounts of sugar.
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