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From liquor to powder

Cocoa liquor can be processed further. It is made up of two different components – cocoa butter and cocoa powder – that are both essential for several different applications. 

cocoa butter cocoa powder
These two components can only be separated by pressing the liquid cocoa liquor through a very fine sieve. In fact, it is poured into cylindrical tubes and compressed under high pressure. The cocoa butter that is fine enough to pass through a microscopically fine sieve is collected separately while the cocoa solids remain pressed together in the cylinder and resembles a flattened cake. 

cocoa press
At the end of the pressing procedure, this cake is removed and ground further in different stages into a very fine cocoa powder.

cocoa cake