Chocolate comes from cocoa beans and the history of chocolate is believed to have been around since about 1900 B.C. Today, cocoa is grown in 33 different countries. These countries are Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Toga, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Fernando Po, Sao Thome, Congo, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Sabah, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Western Samoa.
While most of the growing of cocoa beans comes from West Africa and South America, some parts of the world are now producing relatively new crops. Within a single origin chocolate crop are very vast varities of tastes. From a sensation of an aromatic quality, to that of a smoky or citrusy quality.
The idea that all cocoa ingredients come from a single place is something that is fairly new to most chocolate consumers. Among the many benefits include possibly adding value to the product or products in terms of a better quality, a product that could be made faster as well as a cheaper product that can be pasted on to consumers with little effort or cooperation needed from other companies.
This concept of a single origin chocolate could untimely help by adding an economic commitment to a single community. When it comes to chocolate there are many types to consider, such as the difference between organic chocolate and grand cru quality.
The cocoa bean and chocolate can be found in a very large number of products such as, beverages, cooking ingredients and most desserts. Beneficial health benefits that are found in cocoa powder are believed to help prevent heart disease, reduce the risk of stroke, decrease blood pressure, improve kidney function, helps protect your skin against skin cancer, improves long-term cognitive functions, helps relieve stress levels, relives coughs and could even help you lose weight.
In a recent study among millennials revealed the chocolate consumption in the United States has grown by more than 20% since 2000. Among this same age group survey showed 42% favor hot chocolate or tea over coffee. The overall chocolate consumption in the USA was 4.3 kg per person in 2014. In Europe, the Swiss and Germans have consumed the most chocolate in the same year with 9.0 kg and 7.9 kg per person. Both countries are amongst the top producers of chocolate products.
Adding to this thinking is the increasingly health conscience public that are often worried about consuming too much caffeine throughout the day. While cocoa powder does contain caffeine, it does not have as much as a cup of coffee. Many experts feel that one day soon we will see that morning drink evolve from that cup of coffee to that cup of hot or frozen chocolate cocoa.
While single origin chocolate will need to work through the ideas that always take place within the market economy, it is sometime consumer advocates, business professionals, and farm growers need to coordinate in the near future.
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