The Koko Samoa Frequently Asked Questions

Does Koko Samoa Expire?

If pure cacao is stored well in a cool dry place, in an airtight container, it does not go bad for a long time (up to 18 months). Although, the flavour and quality of koko (cacao) does tend to decrease after a couple of months. It’s usually the added dairy that makes drinking cocoa go bad, which Koko Samoa in its pure form doesn’t have. That’s why we put a shorter “use by date” because we want our customers to experience their cacao at its best.

How to tell if your cacao (Koko) has gone bad, rotten or spoiled?

Many people look at the colour of the Koko however that’s not always an accurate sign. Cacao that is rich in cacao butter (like the Koko from Samoa) tends to get a marbled effect when exposed to air but that is usually the cacao butter drying to a different colour than the actual cacao grind. Cacao that has dark sections and light sections doesn’t necessarily mean it has aged too long. 

If the cocoa has remained dry and looks to be free of mould, then your sense of taste is the best way to tell if it is still good. When cacao is no longer good, the chocolatey taste tends to disappear.

Is it spelled Cacao or Cocoa? What’s the difference?

Cacao and cocoa are similar but not exactly the same thing! Raw cacao is un-roasted cacao beans from the cacao tree.

Cocoa on the other hand has taken one step closer to becoming chocolate in that it has been roasted at high temperatures, which changes the molecular structure of the original bean. The process of roasting does reduce the enzyme content and lowers the overall nutritional value.

Does our Koko Samoa have the chewy bits (Pegu Koko)?

We make our Koko Samoa Drinks to be as convenient as possible, so we do get the Koko much finer than normal. So it dissolves quicker in hot water without too much effort and stirring. There are still little bits to chew (pegu koko) but the pieces aren’t as big.

Does Koko Samoa have caffeine?

Cacao has something similar to caffeine in it called theobromine, and the effects can be similar. Caffeine and theobromine are both alkaloids. Cacao beans usually contain about 1% theobromine. Like caffeine, theobromine blocks adenosine receptors, increasing alertness but isn’t as potent as caffeine. Theobromine has also been identified as one of the compounds contributing to chocolate's reputation as an aphrodisiac.

How Do I Order Koko Samoa Online?

We’ve created a video to show you how to use our online shop. Click here to watch!

 

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