7,709,041 (May 4, 2010), Cargill, Inc.

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• US Patent No. 7,709,041 (May 4, 2010), I. Purtle, et al., assigned to Cargill, Inc., Wayzata, MN.

Techniques for processing cocoa mass involve solvent extraction of cocoa fat from the cocoa mass to achieve a desirable cocoa butter and low-fat cocoa powder. The cocoa mass results from grinding cocoa nibs without a mechanical pressing and heating step.