Cocoa powder is made from the beans of cocoa trees (Theobroma cacao) grown in the equatorial belt. Much of the commercially grown cocoa comes from South America. After the cocoa beans are harvested, cleaned, and shelled, the cocoa is alkalized (Dutch processed), roasted, ground, and pressed into cakes. The cakes are ground into a fine cocoa powder.
Cocoa powder is used for natural cocoa flavor and rich brown color.