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Need to buy cocoa powder

Penrosej Jul 22, 2009 01:12 PM

Hi- does anyone know where to buy good quality cocoa powder (regular and dutch processed) in bulk. Not looking to break the bank, looking for a good balance between quality and price

  1. groaker Jul 30, 2009 01:57 PM

    I get my cocoa from my favorite coffee supplier, Dean's Beans. Like the coffee, the cocoa is organic and fair trade. I generally get two 12 oz bags of cocoa at $4.00 each every couple of months when I re-order 3 or 4 pounds of coffee, but the cocoa is also available in a 5 pound size for $25.


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      RhubarbPudd Jul 28, 2009 01:51 PM

      Try nutsonline (http://www.nutsonline.com/). I buy dried fruit, snack mixes, and grains from them (quinoa, barley, teff), and although I've only ever purchased one-pound bags, they sell 5-lb and 20-lb orders with the price reduced per pound. They also offer organic products. I've found the quality to be very high, and the prices to be fair. They're a nice company to deal with, too.

      I'd also second the nod to Penzey's. I love their cocoa powders, but they do tend to be quite oily, so think about whether you like that in a cocoa.

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        winedude Jul 26, 2009 07:45 PM

        I'd strongly suggest you try Marty's Liquors in Newton. They have a fantastic gourmet shop in the store, and that's where I buy all of my bulk cocoa, at by far the best prices around. Valrhona is $8.99 a pound, and they also sell a lesser (but good) brand (I'm blanking on the name) for $2.99 a pound.

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          bawc Jul 25, 2009 04:21 PM

          A few years ago I purchased kilo bags of cocoa powder both Valharona (which I prefer for baking) and Caillebaut (which I prefer for hot chocolate) from Chocosphere.com. I believe the cocoa in Whole Foods is Valharona, and the large bars on the same display are Caillebaut.

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            iguanachef Jul 23, 2009 02:37 AM


            It's mail order or if in Vermont you can always stop by. Everything for baking you could want. Also check out Sur la table in Chestnut Hill they too come up with amazing stuff Call first on food items. Whole foods is good if you have a solid one near you. Williams Sonoma is always a last resort, stressing the words last resort.

            1. SuperGrover Jul 22, 2009 05:19 PM

              Penzey's is in Lexington or online.

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              1. re: SuperGrover
                Penrosej Jul 22, 2009 05:40 PM

                Thanks! I forgot Penzeys was local.

                1. re: SuperGrover
                  skippy66 Jul 22, 2009 07:21 PM

                  Penzey's is in Arlington.

                  I remeber buying some good cocoa in larger quantities at Marty's Liquors in Newton but that was a while ago. I bought some recently at Idylwilde Farm in Acton.

                  There a quite a few places on the internet that sell Valrhona including Amazon. Also try the King Arthur Baker's Store (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/ourstore/).

                  1. re: skippy66
                    Lee Gordon Jul 23, 2009 12:21 AM

                    I buy Valrhonna at Whole Foods. They package it themselves in standard pint tubs, so, since they get it in bulk, I imagine they'd sell it to you in bulk despite the fact that it is not one of their standard bulk items such as flour or nuts.

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                  moskey Jul 22, 2009 02:16 PM

                  What area?

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                  1. re: moskey
                    Penrosej Jul 22, 2009 04:02 PM

                    I'm in Boston, but am open to purchasing online, mailorder, whatever is available!

                    1. re: Penrosej
                      mjoyous Jul 22, 2009 04:44 PM

                      Whold Foods usually have a good choice of cocoa and chocolate. Or check out Chochosphere online.

                      1. re: mjoyous
                        Penrosej Jul 22, 2009 07:11 PM

                        Thanks, I didn't know you could buy cocoa in bulk at Whole Foods. I never think of them for chocolate and cocoa because they can be a little pricey. But maybe in bulk the price will be reasonable.

                        1. re: Penrosej
                          mjoyous Jul 23, 2009 04:28 PM

                          Am not sure who manufactures their bulk cocoa; hopefully there's a knowledgeable person working there who can tell you. I buy Valronha cocoas in pre-measured 1/;2 lb. packages.

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