cocoa bean

plural cocoa beans

Definition of cocoa bean

: a dried, fermented, fatty seed of the fruit of a South American tropical evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae) that is used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter : cacao sense 1 The cocoa bean contains cocoa solids (particles) and about 53 percent cocoa butter.— Rose Levy Beranbaum

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Recent Examples on the Web Her family had been in the Bay Area since the 1800s, by virtue of a Spanish sea captain who brought cocoa beans to San Francisco. Annie Vainshtein,, 26 Apr. 2020 The cocoa bean emerged in Mesoamerica, where indigenous people used it in religious ceremonies, traded it as a currency, and fermented it into alcohol. Popular Science, 20 Apr. 2020 The formula incorporates cocoa beans and a fluoride alternative called rennou and is packaged in brown tubes that resemble chocolate bars, with shiny, gold lettering and caps. Claire Ballentine,, 24 Sep. 2019 This is simply because Côte d’Ivoire’s main export product is cocoa beans and the Netherlands (as well as France and other European countries) is the main destination for the product. Michael E Odijie, Quartz Africa, 27 Nov. 2019 Discover the expertise and craftsmanship of the Lindt Master Chocolatiers in every EXCELLENCE bar, blending the highest-quality cocoa beans with the world’s finest ingredients to create a rich and refined chocolate. Lindt Excellence, Bon Appétit, 26 Sep. 2019 Nestlé previously launched chocolates made from Ruby cocoa beans, which achieves a natural pink color without any additives. Sarah Min, CBS News, 16 July 2019 Guests also had the chance throughout the tour to sample chocolate in different stages of production: candied cocoa beans, chocolate nibs, cocoa liquor and xocolatl — which was sweeter and less spicy than its Chocolate Museum & Cafe counterpart. Kathleen Christiansen,, 7 July 2019 For a metric ton of cocoa beans that would normally fetch $1,300, Tony’s pays an extra $520, or about $1,820. Washington Post, 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of cocoa bean

1799, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cocoa bean

: the seed of a tropical tree (called the cacao) that is used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter

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