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  • Bean:

    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.

  • Blend:

    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.