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The removal of shell is an important step in the process of making cocoa mass. Codex standard n. 141–1983, rev 1–2001 by Codex Alimentarius sets maximum tolerance values for cocoa shell in chocolate mass. Apart from the legal requirements, proper removal of shell is a prerequisite for a good quality product: Shell, by its very nature, is exposed to external factors and will have picked up undesirable contaminants.
Shell does not contribute positively to the flavor of the final product and may indeed produce off-flavors. Being a very fibrous material, it is extremely ‘hard’ and consequently difficult to grind which leads to abrasion of the grinding equipment.
Moreover, shell separation from the nib influences the yield, and the loss of small nib particles along with the shell is a particularly important financial factor. Ideally, the shell should separate perfectly leaving large pieces of shell and almost the intact nib. The shell around some beans cannot be removed easily however, with certain origins being particularly difficult.
Los cacaos con nota de sabor como flores, frutas o madera de Mesoamérica buscan abrirse espacio en la comercialización mundial, y avanzan con retos en la mejora de la producción, informó hoy una fuente del sector.
We often wonder, what makes a great cacao bean? Could it be the mix of the compost, the amount of rain, the hours of sunlight transforming into sugars, the days and nights spent in the fermentation box? We research for answers and fall into a labyrinth of agronomical studies and its complex theories. Now we have many answers, but in essence we have none. So, we go to the cacao field and suddenly it strikes us. We knew it all along: It’s LOVE that makes a great cacao bean; deep caring and good intentions in every step of the process. LOVE: It’s the answer we were looking for.”
Nature Knows Best: Cacao flowers sprout by millions but only a few tens of them give fruition. Uncountable variables must meet at the proper time for a flower to become a fruit: temperature rates, humidity, atmospheric pressure, the pollinators mood and many others. These things are out of our control, even if one could spend a life time artificially pollinating all the trees in the plantation, Nature will always have the last word. And yet, we get a plenty harvest of cacao fruits, year after year. Many things in life are like this, only humble patience and thankfulness could come from our part and Nature will provide all we need to fulfill our purpose.