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Thank you for your question. All of our cacao products are unroasted.
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Thank you for contacting us and for your inquiry about our Cacao.
Navitas Organics' Cacao is picked and then immediately starts a natural fermentation in the pod for about 48-72 hours. This is a traditional Peruvian method of fermenting cacao, and has been shown to reduce phytic acid in the beans. Once extracted from the pod-like fruit, purified water is used to cleanse the beans. We peel the beans and crush them into our Cacao Nibs. We also offer Cacao Butter, which is the pure extracted oil from the cold pressing of our nibs. The remaining pulp, or fibrous 'cake' left from extracting the Cacao Butter is essentially our Cacao Powder.
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Here at Navitas, we believe that minimal processing is essential to preserving the vital nutrients of our foods—thus keeping them super!
We work closely with our suppliers to ensure the lowest temperature processing for all our premium superfoods. Depending on the product, this includes freeze-drying, cold-pressing and low-temperature extracting.
Almost all of our products are considered "raw," meaning they are low-temperature processed to retain as many nutrients as possible. We choose not to label our products on packaging as "raw" because there is no single agreed upon temperature of exposure that determines this classification. There are also no FDA regulations or third party "raw" certification agencies at this time.
Exceptions in our product line include: Acai Powder (flash-pasteurized), Coconut Palm Sugar and Gelatinized Maca (gelatinization involves heat).
Rest assured that with Navitas Organics superfoods, you're always getting the highest quality organic foods, minimally processed to keep their powerful nutrients intact.