cacao vs cocoa :

cacao or cocoa

Technically speaking, the plant is called a “cacao tree” and the seeds and the chocolate powder made from them are called “cocoa.” These spellings are often swapped, but in contexts where botanical names matter, it’s better to stick with “cacao tree.”Neither of these should be confused with “coca,” the source of cocaine.

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  • n  tropical American tree producing cacao beans

  • n  a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
  • n  powder of ground roasted cacao beans with most of the fat removed
News & Articles

  • A Chocolate Maker’s Big Innovation
    In transforming the way cacao farmers supply manufacturers, a San Francisco startup is creating a superb product. You may have seen little squares of Tcho chocolate in their brightly colored wrappers decorated with futuristic parabolas of gold and silver. They’re easily found: Starbucks has sold them; Whole Foods sells them now.
    June 18, 2013 - Technology Review
  • Telegraph Obscura Cacao
    Review of Telegraph Brewing Company's Obscura Cacao.
    June 15, 2013 - Santa Barbara Independent