Originally, cocoa was cultivated in the ancient cultures of South America. When the Age of Exploration came, the Spanish conquistadors brought it to Europe. Later, in the 1850s, thanks to the emergence of steam-powered machines, it was possible to manufacture cocoa powder on a massive scale. Today cocoa is so popular that every year more than 4.5 million tons of it are consumed worldwide.
Cocoa powder is responsible for the chocolate flavor in cakes, cookies, and all chocolate products, so it is crucial for baking, confectionery, and similar businesses. It is worth noting that apart from its irreplaceable taste, cocoa powder can also provide you with numerous health benefits. More about them below!