Ciranda offers a GOLD and SILVER alkalized cocoa powder with 10 to 12 percent cocoa butter content:
Cocoa Powder Alkalized 10/12 – Gold
This is a high quality, alkalized or ‘Dutched’ organic cocoa powder made with beans predominantly from the Dominican Republic. Also available with Fair Trade certification using 100% Dominican beans.
Cocoa Powder Alkalized 10/12 - Silver
This well-balanced, organic alkalized cocoa powder is processed in Peru using Peruvian beans. It has a high fineness level and the best quality to price ratio. It is also available with Fair Trade certification.
After the harvest, the cocoa beans are removed from the pods, fermented for 5 to 8 days, then dried. At the manufacturer, the beans are sorted, cleaned, pre-roasted, de-shelled, broken into nibs, roasted, and finally ground to a paste called cocoa liquor. Cocoa liquor, or the nib at an earlier stage, is treated with potassium carbonate (alkalizing/dutching agent) and then separated by a hydraulic press into cocoa powder cake and cocoa butter until the 10 to 12% fat level in the cocoa powder is reached. The cocoa powder cake is finely ground and packed.