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History and Origins

Cacao (Theobroma) was first harvested by the Olmecs in Mexico as early as 1000 B.C. At that time it was mainly used for fortifying drinks. Over the years, the Mayas and the Aztecs adopted this use in their cultures. Cocoa became part of ceremonial rituals and cocoa beans were a means of payment. In the 16th century, the Spanish brought cocoa to Europe.

In the mid-17th century, it became a popular drink. Cocoa trees were introduced to Asia and West Africa through colonies of various European countries, as there was a rising demand for chocolate in Europe.

The cocoa bean is the raw material used in the production of chocolate. These cocoa beans originate from the tropical climates of South America (Ecuador). The Theobroma cacao tree is sacred to the Mayans and Aztecs. The cacao beans from the tree are harvested by hand and the raw beans are then cleaned in natural water and selected for the best quality. This process ensures that the nutritional values are preserved, without any additives.

Different types of cocoa

Which cocoa bean to buy? There are roughly 3 different types of cocoa. Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. Their names have their origin in the Spanish explorers. The Spaniards first discovered cocoa among the indigenous people of Mexico and Central America. When, on further voyages of discovery, they also found cocoa beans in other places that tasted different from the cocoa they already knew, they called the cocoa beans from Central America "Criollo", which means native, and the cocoa from all other places "Forastero", which means non-native. Many years later a hybrid of Criollo and Forastero was cultivated in Trinidat and given the name "Trinitario". Forastero cocoa from Brazil found its way via settlers to plantations in Africa and Southeast Asia.


The Criollo bean has a complex and delicate profile, a mild flavour with secondary aromas of nuts, caramel, fruit and tobacco. The taste is not bitter and is very aromatic. Despite these pleasant characteristics, the Criollo cocoa is the rarest. This is because the Criollo tree yields less and is also less resistant to diseases. There are therefore relatively few Criollo plantations. This bean is often favoured by chocolate makers, real quality chocolate appreciated by connoisseurs. It is widely used in luxury chocolate. Worldwide, it accounts for only 3% of the total chocolate trade.

Forastero (regular)

Forastero is not a unique variety. It is more of a collective name for all sorts of cocoa bean varieties. Because it is so widespread, 80% to 90% of all chocolate is now produced with Forastero cocoa. That's why we sell Forastero cocoa as "Regular" cocoa. It is generally said that Forastero cocoa has a fuller but less aromatic taste than Criollo. It can sometimes taste bitter or sour. Some people, however, prefer this cocoa because of its fuller, more earthy taste.


The Trinitario cocoa bean is in between the other two in terms of taste. Fuller and earthier than Criollo and less bitter and sour than Forastero.

Arriba Nacional Cocoa.

The Arriba Nacional cocoa bean is the very best Forastero variety according to many. Cacao beans are a superfood in themselves, as they contain various antioxidants, minerals and nutrients. The cacao beans contain more antioxidants than red wine and three times more than green tea.

These cacao beans are ideal to use in various chocolate preparations, as an addition in breakfast cereals or as a snack.

Where do I buy raw Cacao Beans?

You can buy raw Cacao Beans at Naturaplaza of course. In our web shop you can order raw Cacao Beans in convenient consumer packs or in slightly larger quantities of usually 1 kg. Subscribe to our newsletter and don't miss out on any raw Cacao Beans offers.

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Premium Cacao Beans Raw Organic

Cacao Beans Raw Organic from Holyflavours is an organically certified product of premium quality. Thanks to this certificate, you know that what you buy has been created with an eye and care for people and nature.

HolyFlavours, the leading brand for all your (organic) seasonings and blends! Salts, Herbs, Spices and Superfoods without additives.

The organic superfoods we select come from various regions of the world. All products are checked in Europe and often also packaged.

The ORGANIC quality mark stands for 100% controlled organic and reliable. These ingredients are therefore guaranteed free of all kinds of additives such as sugars, fats and comply with all European pesticide requirements. The quality of our products is regularly checked.

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