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Protocol title and objectiveEnglishEspañolFrançais

Sampling of Bagged and Bulk Cocoa Beans

To obtain a sample that is representative of cocoa bean lots in bags or in bulk.

Measuring Cleaning Loss and Cocoa Bean Count

To characterize the cocoa bean sample by: 1) Measuring and categorizing the cleaning loss and calculate the yield of clean, whole and well-formed cocoa beans, and 2) Measuring the cocoa bean count per 100g as an indicator of cocoa bean size.

External Analysis and Cut Test of Cocoa Beans

To assess the overall external appearance and aroma of whole and cut cocoa beans, and use this information to: 1) Characterize the bean sample, 2) Identify defective beans and exclude them from sensory evaluation due to food safety-related risks and 3) Determine suitable roasting conditions for sensory evaluation.

Measuring Moisture Content

To measure the moisture content of fermented and dried, unroasted cocoa beans for subsequent sensory evaluation.

Roasting Cocoa Beans

To carry out a standardized roasting process with the most suitable roasting conditions to express the full flavour potential of a representative sample of fermented and dried cocoa beans for processing into liquor for sensory evaluation.

Breaking and Winnowing Roasted Cocoa Beans

To eliminate the shells of roasted cocoa beans to obtain the nibs for further processing into cocoa liquor and chocolate for sensory evaluation.

Liquefying Cocoa Nibs into Liquor

To liquefy cocoa nibs into liquor (a liquid mass also called cocoa mass or cocoa paste) of small particle size with no discernible grits, for sensory evaluation.

Cocoa Liquor Sensory Evaluation

To describe the flavour attributes and global quality of cocoa bean samples processed into liquor, through quantitative sensory evaluation. To use an agreed common language to facilitate communication and collaboration across labs, institutions, companies and platforms along the cocoa value chain
Unroasted Cocoa Beans Sensory Evaluationdownloaddownloaddownload
General Guidelines for Sensory Evaluationin progressin progressin progress
Tempering & Moulding Chocolatein progressin progressin progress
Processing Cocoa Liquor into Dark Chocolatein progressin progressin progress
Chocolate Sensory Evaluationin progressin progressin progress
Measuring Cocoa Butter Contentin progressin progressin progress

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