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How much cacao beans do you need to make one cup of chocolate?


How much cacao beans do you need to make one cup of chocolate? Let’s do the math. With a little introduction. Did you know that the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree grows directly from the trunk? The cacao pod can have a beautiful range of greenish/red/orange colors depending on the type of cacao and its ripeness.

It can take about 5 years before the cacao tree produces its first fruits.

A pod takes four to five months to reach full size and another month to ripen. When you cut the cacao fruit open it contains a white delicious pulp and around it are the cacao beans, covered in pulp. Every pod has around 30 or 40 almond-shaped seeds in total.


It can take about 5 years before the cacao tree produces its first fruits. Originally there are two harvest seasons. And the average cacao tree produces 30-40 cacao pods a year. (Realising this is making us feel so humble...!)


That's about 900-1600 beans per tree. That’s, roughly, 1 kilo of Wild Child Cacao!


So, let's do the math: one tiny triangle of Wild Child Cacao is 5 grams and contains about 7/8 cacao beans. That means that, from one beautiful mama cacao pod, you can make yourself one delicious big cup of cacao. Or two 'cacao shots', to share.

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