Morogoro Cacao


Morogoro Cacao

Burlap & Barrel


Morogoro Cacao

Burlap & Barrel

Hailing from the famous Kokoa Kamili cooperative in the Morogoro region of Tanzania, this raw cacao powder made from organic cacao beans brings rich, nutty flavor to whatever it touches.

Sustainable goodness

Burlap & Barrel partners directly with small farms to source single-origin, biodynamically-grown spices.

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan

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Why we love it

With notes of dried cherry and bittersweet chocolate, Morogoro cacao is amazing in sweets and also for savory dishes like stews, chilis, and tomato sauces. It’s a special ingredient that adds sweetness and depth similar to caramelized onions, barbecue, or soy sauce. What’s even better is where it comes from. Made up of around 3,000 farmers, the Kokoa Kamili cooperative is known for supplying cocoa beans to many well-respected chocolate makers in the US, including Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco and Raaka in NYC. Their cacao powder is minimally processed and unroasted; the beans are fermented using the cacao fruit sugars, and then heated gently to extract the fat (which is used to make cocoa butter).


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Hive orders generally take up to 48 business hours to process and ship via ground shipping.

How it does good

Making a positive social impact and a low environmental impact

Burlap & Barrel sources their spices directly from farmer cooperatives and small farms. They visit each of these farms, spending time with the employees to learn about the economic, social, and environmental implications of their methods. Every decision they make is fueled by their goal to end inequality and exploitation in the food industry. They do this by connecting small farms to high-value markets, educating consumers about the impact of product traceability, and sourcing unique foods that are grown using biodynamic and organic techniques.

  • responsible sourcing

    Burlap & Barrel uses fair trade practices when working with small, international farms.
  • low carbon footprint

    Ingredients are sourced directly, shortening the supply chain and reducing the distance the product has to travel.
  • recyclable packaging

    The glass jars and lids are recyclable.
  • supporting key causes

    Burlap & Barrel works to bring positive social impact both in the areas where they source and at home for their local organizations. As a Public Benefits Corporation, they publish annual Imact Reports that share updates on their social mission.

How to use it

Replace paprika with cacao in stews, sauces, chili and rubs. Or mix with milk (or milk alternative) for delightful cup of hot chocolate. Pairs well with Royal Cinnamon, Pemba Cloves, and Black Urfa Chili.

When you're done...

The glass jar and metal lid are curbside recyclable, and the plastic sifter is recyclable through TerraCycle by following our special instructions.

These are general guidelines for broadly-recyclable materials. Check with your local recycler to confirm what they take.

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About the Brand

Burlap & Barrel

Burlap & Barrel

This direct trade spice company is a public benefit corporation that works directly with smallholder farmers producing spices biodynamically and organically using traditional techniques. The incredible quality of their spices has been lauded in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and CBS News, among others.
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