Our Cacao Powder comes from the rare breed of Criollo cacao beans and Forastero Beans. It’s exactly the same as our Drinking Chocolate, making this natural cacao powder an ideal way to get your chocolate fix! Use it in desserts, drinks and even savoury dishes.
Suitable for all diets including vegan, gluten free, dairy free and Paleo
Use to create your own chocolate, indulgent hot chocolate drinks and delicious cakes
Non GM and No Additives
100% Organic Cacao Powder
Our Cacao Powder is naturally high in:
Protein - contributes to normal cognitive function
Potassium - contributes to normal muscle function
Phosphorous - contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
Magnesium - contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue
Iron - contributes to normal cognitive function
Zinc - contributes to normal fertility and reproduction
Copper - contributes to the normal function of the immune system
We use it in everything from a delicious hot chocolate, to a chocolate orange torte and even a chocolate chilli con carne.
What do I Taste Like? Lucy Bee Cacao has a richer, fuller, more traditional taste than those with added sugar.
It is a natural cacao, rather than a processed dutch-style powder.Dutch processing is where the cacao is treated with alkali and gives a milder taste than natural cacao. It also impacts the antioxidant properties of cacao, reducing the average total of flavanol content, compared to natural cacao.
Where am I From?
Lucy Bee Cacao is brought to you by a mainly female team of single mothers from the beautiful, mountainous ‘cacao belt’ in the Dominican Republic.
Why Fair Trade?
Our Fair Trade contributions go towards a Copay fund set up by our producer. This will be used to help educate workers’ children and teach them English, to improve their future prospects.
Our aim is to use totally eco-friendly packaging. We’ve moved away from our old-style tubs for this product and in addition to our own beliefs, we’ve listened to our customers to reduce waste in all areas possible.
Something that we have to consider when packaging our products is the durability of packaging and whether it is ‘fit for purpose’. By this we mean that the products have to reach you in one piece, be kept fresh for you to enjoy and that we use materials which are suitable for the product itself.
Whilst our old-style tubs are recyclable, we realised that these are not as eco-friendly as we would like them to be and so we’ve been busy repackaging our range of powders to use FSC cartons instead.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) improves how the world’s forests are managed so all of our new cartons carry the FSC logo. The FSC card carton is recyclable, compostable and biodegradable.
To ensure the powders are kept fresh and uncontaminated, they are packaged in an inner bag which is recyclable, and then placed into the carton.
We have to get the cartons from the packers to our warehouse or to stores. To do this, we use sturdy cardboard boxes which double up as a shelf-ready tray for use in stores. This replaces our old card trays and plastic shrink-wrap. In this way, we’re reducing waste and plastic.
1. What is the Difference Between Cacao and Cocoa Powder?
In theory, the words ‘cacao’ and ‘cocoa’ should mean the same thing. In practice, though, ‘cacao’ tends to refer to the purest form of cacao/cocoa and ‘cocoa’ is generally used to mean those chocolate powders which have had sugar and possible fillers added. Our blog explains in more detail:
2. Where do Cocoa Beans Come From?
The cocoa beans used for Lucy Bee Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate are from the Dominican Republic.
3. What is Cacao Powder Made of?
Our Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate is made from a blend of the rare Criollo cacao bean and the forestero cacao bean. These are handpicked; fermented (a natural process, during which time they are turned regularly, to ensure each bean ferments at the same rate and the end flavour is uniform); spread onto wooden tables to dry; roasted (at temperatures below 45C); cooled, milled (turning the beans into a thick liquid called cacao liquor; pressed (to separate the cacao butter from the ‘cake’; the ‘cake’ is now dried and milled to a flour consistency, then sieved, ready to package as 100% Cacao Powder.
4. Is Cacao Powder Good for Your Skin?
Lucy Bee Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate contains antioxidants and is naturally high in fibre, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and protein and is a good source of calcium. The skin can benefit from the properties of these.
5. Is Cacao Powder Vegan?
Lucy Bee Cacao Powder and Drinking Chocolate are both vegan certified.
Cacao nibs are dried and fermented bits of cacao beans, with a deep chocolate flavour.
8. How Much Caffeine in Cacao Powder?
Our Cacao/Drinking Chocolate contains 52.7mg caffeine per 15g. As a guide, coffee beans generally contain 125.9mg caffeine per 15g.
Is Your Cacao Powder/Drinking Chocolate Raw?
The debate around ’raw cacao’ is an interesting one and somewhat confusing too!
There are a couple of points to consider. When talking about a ‘raw’ product, it is generally accepted that during the ‘processing’ of that product, the temperature does not go above 45C.
In the making of our cacao powder/drinking chocolate, the beans are fermented. Whilst the temperature should not go above 45C, because this is a natural process we are unable to guarantee that at no point during this, does the temperature go above 45C.
Secondly, some would say that for cacao to be considered truly raw, it shouldn't be roasted either, yet, our producer advices that the beans need to be roasted otherwise they are too bitter. The beans used for our cacao / drinking chocolate are roasted with a maximum temperature of 45C.
In light of these points mentioned and to avoid any confusion, we do not use the term ‘raw’ for our product.
100% Organic Cacao Powder
Typical Values Per 100g
Energy kj 1603 Kcal 386 Fat 17.5g of which saturates 10.4g Carbohydrate 15.6g of which sugars 0.7g Fibre 28.7g Protein 27.1g Salt 0.05g Potassium 1850mg Phosphorous 700mg Magnesium 550mg Calcium 174mg Iron 8.2mg Zinc 7.36mg Copper 4.3mg Contains naturally occurring sugars