Certification: Organic & Kosher Type of Cacao: Wild Java Criollo Trinitario Mix
Country of Origin: Bali, Indonesia Availability: Year-round
Overview: Why Our Verified Raw (Processed under 120°F) Organic Bali Cacao Powder Is So Special
¨ World’s FIRST Verified RAW Cacao Powder: No one else can prove they have a genuine RAW powder/butter. We traveled to Bali to videotape all phases of production from farm to extraction point and verified process temperatures at each stage for you.
¨ Totally Unique Flavor Profile, Unique Variety: Astringent, Chocolately, Grassy, Fruity hints of vanilla, nutmeg, banana, and clove... Made from Single origin Indonesian organic wild Balinese cacao, descended from the prized Criollo variety. A noticeably RAW tasting product that gives you amazing energy.
¨ Incredible Nutritional Profile: 87,800 ORAC score per 100 grams, (22% fat content)
¨ Most Transparent Cacao: Traceable, transparent supply chain from farm to extraction point ensures purity, RAW status, and social benefits
¨ Beyond Fair Trade: Empowering 3,000+ sustainable organic cacao farmers in Bali with a ground breaking organic, beyond fair trade cooperative facility for value-added processing, increasing farmers’ incomes over 30%!
¨ Beyond Sustainable: Wild-harvested in the truly sustainable, biodiverse food-forests of Bali. The purchase of this product preserves rainforest and protects the soil
¨ Compared to Ecuadorian Cacao: we still guarantee purity, high ORAC value, superior nutrition and flavor in our other cacao products. This cacao powder’s unique RAW status and flavor are ideal for Raw Foodists, but specialty chefs and other connoisseurs will be excited to try this totally unique product as well.
Other suppliers CLAIM their product is RAW, but only we can verify the temperatures of our process with video evidence. Every single cacao bean used to produce this powder is grown by a cooperative of over 3,000 small farmers in Bali, who wild-harvest cacao pods from their own certified Organic food-forests. Produced with safety in mind at every step, cacao beans from freshly split pods are fermented under control at 40C and then washed in potable water before being solar-dried.
Unlike other “raw” cacao powders made by large processors with high-heat filter presses, our raw cacao nibs are cold-pressed in small batches on proprietary equipment developed specifically for VERIFIED RAW low-temperature processing, under 120°F.
After pressing the butter from the nibs, the concentrated “cake” left behind is low in fat (22%), but not as low as other powders. Why? Because it takes heat to get all the oil out. The cacao cake is cold-milled to a powder and then fine sieved for use as cacao powder. Never touched by high heat, never contaminated by clarifying chemicals or solvents and never force filtered, it retains high levels of nutrients and antioxidants.
Prior to final packing, every lot of cacao is tested at an independent lab for a full microbial analysis. These results are always available for interested customers.
This fine-milled, nutrient-rich, Verified Raw <120°F Organic Bali Cacao Powder is perfect in RAW smoothies, hot chocolates, raw desserts and fudges, and manufactured products like energy bars and artisan RAW chocolates.
Verified RAW cacao powder has a distinctive flavor that doesn’t necessarily register as chocolatey as high heat filter pressed processed cacao powders. The flavor profile is green, astringent, pure and fruity. It is noticeably more energizing than a typical cacao powder, so it’s ideal for the living foods communities, but specialty chefs and other connoisseurs will be excited to try this totally unique product as well.
¨ Cacao is one of the BEST sources of magnesium of ALL foods. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and is associated with more happiness. Cacao is also high in the mineral sulfur; sulfur has traditional been believed to build strong nails, hair, shiny skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
¨ Raw chocolate contains more than 300 known nutrient chemicals, and there are compounds in chocolate that may be associated with the good feeling that raw chocolate consumption provides. Certain chemicals in chocolate may inhibit the natural breakdown of anandamide. This means that natural anandamide (or introduced anandamide) may stick around longer, making us feel good longer, when we eat chocolate.
Why Customers Should Buy from ELF:
¨ If you want a Verified RAW (Processed under 120°F) Cacao Powder for a truly RAW cacao product this is your choice. We are one of only two companies in the USA that carries this product
¨ This is one of the most nutritious and easy-to-use forms of chocolate in existence. One company we’ve sold to uses it in a line of chocolate pastes. Others have added it to energy bars. Some use it in drink mixes. The possibilities are endless. Our clients have sold many tons of this product to people who use it for anything from smoothies to ice cream to chocolate bars and more.
¨ 87,800 ORAC score per 100 grams
¨ We test and share the antioxidant levels of our products and bacteriological levels. It is important to test in the US because cacao often comes from extreme third-world countries where testing procedures and technology are less evolved. Plus, we’ve found that when suppliers test a product in their own country, the result is often suspiciously what they “want.” So these tests have far less credibility.
¨ This product has a flavor that rivals even the finest roasted cocoa powders, without the roasted taste. People love it because it tastes great, is incredibly healthy, is easy to use, and gives them energy for many hours on end.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I’ve heard that cacao powder can’t be raw. Is yours Verified RAW?
Some companies are selling products that aren’t really raw because cacao is a cheap global commodity, and anyone can make a profit by selling non-raw cacao products as “raw.”
We are the first company to document our cacao powder/butter processing on video for the world to see. So far, no other company can or will do that.
How do I know if this product is right for me?
That depends on what you want to do. Different cacao products have different strengths and weaknesses.
Verified RAW (Processed under 120°F) Cacao Powder is likely the only available Verified RAW cacao powder on the market. So, if you want to make a truly Verified RAW chocolate product this is the way to go. You will taste the difference. Because most of the fat is removed, the overall concentration of antioxidants and nutrients is higher in this product. If you are making a bar that already has nuts and seeds (both of which are oily), then you may want the oil-free dryness of Cacao Powder. It will give your product the chocolate flavor and nutrition but maintain the texture you’re looking for. It also works very well in chocolate drinks because it blends much easier into liquids. Also, it can be added to cosmetic products (for antioxidants and exfoliation), colon health products (because its magnesium content makes it a laxative), energy supplements (its theobromine makes it naturally stimulating) and more.
ABOUT ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS.
At Essential Living Foods, we believe that business needs to have a positive impact on the world, using the power of commerce to improve lives, communities, and ecosystems. We strive to be a “good corporate citizen” in a multitude of ways, creating positive social impact with our business model, the partners we choose, giving back a portion of our revenues and profits, how we treat our employees, and the nutritional and healing properties of our products. Everyone who works here feels great about doing something good in the world while earning a decent living at the same time.
Essential Living Foods started as an importer of unique organic foods, and from the beginning we’ve built our business on paying fair prices to our farming partners. We do our best to go directly to the source whenever possible, bypassing middleman so we can deliver the best value to our customers AND pay premium prices to the growers. There are a few different certifying organizations out there putting a third party seal on these fair trade practices. We are working with all of them to get these seals in place, but even while that is in process, you can rest assured that your purchases from Essential Living Foods is supporting farmers through equitable trade practices!
We don’t just pay fair prices for our foods – we share our success with our farming communities by giving back a portion of what we make.
Sustainability is a big word for us. It means that we have to sustain our business, because if we aren’t profitable and growing, we won’t exist in the future to continue doing the good that we’re doing. It also means that we want to do everything we can to not deplete non-renewable resources and to rebuild and protect fragile ecosystems. We do this at the farm level by the organic agriculture techniques we use, as well as things like powering our office on solar power and buying carbon credits to offset all of our corporate air travel and all of our food import transportation carbon emissions.
Money flows around and around. We make money from the sales of our products, and we try to do as much good as we can with how and from whom we purchase our foods from. But aside from buying our amazing, healthy, organic superfoods, we also spend a lot of money each year on more mundane items like banking services, legal services, etc. We try to find companies of a like mind to ours to work with. We find that they understand us better, and hence can offer us better service, and we feel good that we can keep the prosperity flowing to other companies doing good in the world. Check out this link to see just some of these great partners we have!