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The Mantuano Cacao Co-Operative

In June 2009 we co-sponsored an event with a local NGO in Venezuela educating local farmers about the benefits of organic and sustainable farming practices. Back then I was just learning about the cocoa trade and had finished certifying the first processing plant in Venezuela as organically certified and at the event we spoke about […]

Mocha Cocoa Gift Jar

Mocha Cocoa Gift Jar #ratingval# from #reviews# reviews Print Recipe Type: Beverage Author: Patrick Pineda Serves: 12 Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup espresso powder 1 cup powdered milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate or miniature chocolate chips Instructions Layer cocoa powder, sugar, espresso powder, powdered […]

Girl bites into chocolate bar

Cocoa / Tea Factor Tops Fluoride at Deterring Decay

Caffeine-cousin found in tea and dark chocolate proves a potent plaque-and-cavity fighter by Craig Weatherby  Honest to gosh, we’re not making this up. Tooth decay is perhaps the most preventable disease plaguing humankind, but there have been few advances in cavity-fighting additives for toothpastes since the end of WW II. But a doctoral student at Louisiana’s Tulane […]