A Complete Guide to Cocoa Bean Processing

What’s inside the eBook

A favorite flavor of countless civilizations—cocoa’s distinctive taste and aroma have made chocolate popular around the world for millennia. Today, people enjoy cocoa in many different forms, consuming millions of tons of cocoa beans every year. Beyond its craveable taste, cocoa’s beneficial qualities as a health- inducing superfood make it a valuable ingredient in various food products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care items, and other applications.

Turning cacao seeds into chocolate bars and other products requires several complex processing steps.

The worldwide cocoa market is expected to grow at a rate of 5% over the next five years to surpass $19 billion by 2028.


To meet this steady demand, processors are exploring alternative methods and machines for optimizing production volume and quality, given the numerous variations in cocoa bean processing options.