A short list of gourmet cocoa powders -- because we only carry the best! ___________________________
Please note: During the summer months, if you live outside of Washington, Oregon or Northern Idaho, you must ship cocoa butter via UPS 2-day air. Please select 2-day air when checking out.
Pernigotti has been with us since the beginning, coming up on 10 years now. Our regulars swear by it and appreciate the cost-effective "commercial pack" of 2.2 pounds of wonderful cocoa
The Valrhona was added a few years back. It has a deep, rich flavor all its own.
There are many cocoa powders out there, and some are quite pricey. Let us know if you are on the search for another cocoa and we can see if we can find it for you ... though I would always suggest trying the Pernigotti as well.
A Note About Dutch Processed Cocoa
Cocoa has natural acidity, but Dutch-processed cocoa has been treated to neutralize that acidity (with a natural alkali), which also reduces bitterness in the cocoa. Pernigotti and Valrhona are Dutch-processed.
More details about using dutch processed cocoa when baking…
In baking, it is best to use the type of cocoa called for in the recipe (if one is specified). When cocoa that is not Dutch-processed (so, an acid) is used in recipes, generally the recipe will call for baking soda (an alkali), then a leavening action results, causing the batter to rise when baked. But if the cocoa IS Dutch-processed, then its acid qualities have been neutralized and the batter will not rise in reaction to the baking soda (unless there are sufficient quantities of other acid ingredients, like buttermilk or molasses).
So, when Dutch-processed cocoa is called for, the recipe often includes baking powder, rather than baking soda. This is because baking powder is a combination of an alkali (baking soda) and an acid (often cream of tartar), which together assure the reaction that causes leavening, regardless of other ingredients. This is part of the brilliance of the invention of baking powder.
If you are looking for cocoa butter, you have also come to the right place.