Beans are the seeds of the cacao tree and source of all cocoa powder and chocolate.
- Bean to bar:
The term is used for manufacturers that are fully responsible for every step in the production process - from the selection of the finest cocoa beans to the production and the marketing and distribution of the chocolate. The alternative is to purchase ready-made couverture chocolate.
A chocolate made with more than one varietal of cacao.
- Bulk Cocoa:
Lower-quality cocoa with robust, often flat flavors (usually from the Forastero family). Used in mass-market chocolate.