The cocoa bean
- Providing cocoa beans which are unfermented, and/or fermented for up to and including four days, wherein the cocoa beans are de-hulled cocoa beans;
- Reducing de-hulled cocoa beans to powder including the step of defatting;
- Extracting the powder obtained in step 2 with an aqueous solvent solution comprising an organic solvent and water, wherein the organic solvent is selected from the group consisting of acetone and alcohol; and
- Removing the solvent.
The patent is No. 8,377,424 B2.