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Morogoro Cacao Powder

Fruity, bright, rich and nutty, great for baking and savory cooking.

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Our rich, nutty Morogoro Cacao Powder is made from organic cacao beans from the famous Kokoa Kamili cooperative in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. The beans are not roasted before grinding  they're fermented and sun-dried for a fruity, bright flavor.

This raw cacao powder is great for sweets and delicious as a savory ingredient — try it as an alternative to paprika in stews, chilis and tomato sauces, where it adds sweetness and depth similar to caramelized onions, barbecue or soy sauce. 



Kilombero Valley, Morogoro Region, Tanzania


Naturally fermented & sun-dried


Cacao bean solids, ground. (Theobroma cacao var. Trinitario)

Tasting notes:

Dried Cherry • Tannins • Bittersweet Chocolate

Cooking tips

  • Replace paprika with cacao in stews, sauces, chili and rubs
  • Swap out for processed cocoa powder in brownies, chocolate cakes or puddings
  • Mix with milk (or milk alternative) for delightful hot chocolate
  • Replace chocolate for a rich mole sauce


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The Kokoa Kamili cooperative is comprised of nearly 3,000 smallholder farmers in the Kilombero Valley. They provide training and support for their member farmers, as well as cocoa tree seedlings (over 140,000 so far) for free or well below cost.

Kokoa Kamili supplies cocoa beans to a lot of well-respected chocolate makers here in the US, including Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco and Raaka in NYC.

With this spice, they've gone one step further and turned the cocoa beans into powder. Rather than relying on someone else to take this step, they're creating an opportunity to bring more money back to their member farmers.

Their cacao powder is minimally processed and unroasted: the beans are fermented using the cacao fruit sugars, and then heated gently to extract the fat (which is used to make cocoa butter). The powder is the byproduct of the cocoa butter-making process, which is typically used for cosmetics.

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Morogoro Cacao & Royal Cinnamon

I made Melissa Clark’s Classic Hot Chocolate recipe from the NYTimes yesterday. We were blown away by how rich and delicious it was. The recipe also called for bittersweet chocolate & I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips. It was rich, not too sweet. Devine with cinnamon whipped cream as a topper. A snowy winter day’s dream! I’ve also used both in my espresso—num!

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Chocolate pudding

1/3 cup of this raw powder in a traditional recipe made a rich and tasty pudding.

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Rich chocolate flavor

I have used the Morogoro Chocolate for sprinkling on top of cappuccinos and for chili beans and it tastes great

Ana P.
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Complex delicious flavor!

I am absolutely obsessed with the Morogoro cacao powder, I always have a big container in my pantry. It has a classic but surprisingly complex flavor that goes well with both savory and sweet dishes. Like most cacao powders it takes a while to dissolve and can clump, so I recommend sifting for baking and using a frother / mini blender for hot cacao.

how do we compare? Supermarket Icon Supermarket Fair Trade Icon Fair Trade
Heirloom Spices Yes No No
Fair Prices for Farmers Yes No Depends on global commodity price
Time in Storage None. We import spices at harvest Up to 10 years At least 1 year
Flavor Profile Intense & fresh Stale & bland Inconsistent
Knows Farmers Names Yes No Unlikely
Customer Service Fast responses from real people! No There might be a 1-800 number?