Cacao (Cocoa) Nibs
- Caffeine Amount10.4 mg
- Caffeine strengthLOW
- Serving size1 tsp (3 grams)
Cacao Nibs (Cocoa Nibs) are minimally processed pieces of roasted cacao beans (Theobroma Cacao).
Because they are minimally processed they retain most of the nutrition found in raw cacao.
Cacao contains two alkaloids: theobromine and caffeine. 2016 research in the Phillipines found that there was 0.3457% of caffeine in locally sources Cacao nibs (from Subasta).
Traditional cocoa powder is different in that it is processed to remove most of the fat naturally found in cacao beans. This process also strips some of the nutrients, especially if the cocoa was "Dutched".
Cacao nibs are not sweet by nature but have a rich but bitter chocolate flavor.
Like all natural products, the caffeine content in cacao nibs can vary due to factors such as growing conditions and natural variations in species of plant as well as regions grown.