The Bensdorp Cocoa Quality
Bringing chocolate flavor and color where chocolate cannot go.
Our quest for the perfect cocoa powders has led us around the world. We choose to work with West African cocoa beans for our signature cocoa powders because of their exceptional level of fermentation. That determines their excellent flavor.
The unique cocoa bean varieties we use to create our single origin cocoa powders with offer truly amazing tastes and aromas. Each single origin cocoa powder is made with a single variety of cocoa harvested in Ghana, the Dominican Republic, São Tomé, Tanzania or Cameroon.
A Unique Color Range
Because we have mastered the Dutching process to the fullest, Bensdorp is able to offer you a unique variety of cocoa powders with colors ranging from light brown to dark red or even black.
Our commitment to quality processing and investments in extensive R&D have enabled us to offer you cocoa powders with an unparalleled fineness. Consequently, our powders go where chocolate cannot go and possess unique characteristics with a valuable effect on flavor development, mouth feel and the color intensity of your final product.
Thorough inspection for professional quality
By partnering up with the most dedicated farmers and teaching them how to grow cocoa according to the best agricultural practices, Bensdorp is able to import the best beans on the market. But before being shipped for processing, the beans still undergo numerous on-site quality checks to ensure that nothing but top-grade cocoa makes its way into your product.
Lecithin: the secret to excellent wettability
Because of the fat content present in it, cocoa powder has inherent poor wettability and low dispersibility features. By blending cocoa powder particles with an emulsifying agent called lecithin, our dispersible cocoa powders extremely soluble in cold milk or other cold liquid preparations. The lecithin also keeps the solution stable and homogenous, which prevents sedimentation on the bottom of the glass.
Minimized heat-resistant spore loads: a matter of taste and shelf life
At Bensdorp, we are aware that your customers attach a great deal of importance to beverage shelf life. That is why we screen every batch of cocoa powder to ensure heat-resistant spore loads are kept to a bare minimum. This way we guarantee consistent flavor products with excellent shelf life.
Hygiene and food safety standards
Bensdorp’s entire process and supply chain are certified under highest British Retail Consortium (BRC) grade, a global standard for food safety. In combination with state-of-the-art machinery and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), the BRC certification proves our quality system is entirely in line with the most advanced European quality standards and regulations on hygiene and safety.
We apply a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point program (HACCP) throughout our entire chain of production. Every single batch of cocoa powder is screened to ensure the absence of dangerous bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli and to guarantee the batch complies entirely with international microbiological standards.
Bensdorp produces its cocoa powders in dedicated cocoa plants. This excludes the risk of cross-contamination between food products entirely. Our product labels all clearly define the ingredients used and we only apply non-GMO soy lecithin in our Bensquick cocoa powders. This way, we avoid any risk of allergic reaction, ensuring the health of you and your customer.
Packaging tailored to your needs
Cocoa powder is a vulnerable product. That is why Bensdorp invests a substantial amount of time and resources in developing packaging that keeps its cocoa powders in pristine condition. Thanks to our smart packaging solutions, Bensdorp cocoa powders enjoy a shelf life of 24 months.
It is very important to us to cater our customers to their individual needs. Our cocoa powders are therefore available in convenient 1kg, 5 kg, 25 kg and 50 lb bags for small-scale consumers and chocolatiers. Wholesale customers on the other hand will appreciate our big bag packaging with capacities ranging from 500 to 1,000 kg.