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Cacao Beans

Chocolate History
Cacao Beans
Types of Chocolate
Chocolate Quality

The largest producer of cacao beans is the Ivory Coast; other prominent producers include Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ghana, and Nigeria. The trees are sensitive to, among other factors, sunlight, temperature, and rainfall, and they do not begin to bear until 5 or 6 years after they are planted.

The three varieties of beans most important for chocolate-making are criollo, forastero and trinitario.

The quality of chocolate varies depending on the quality of the beans, how they are handled and which and if additives are used.

Criollo Bean Forastero Bean Trinitario Bean

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