Q.Has Cocoa Butter Got Caffeine In It?
No, cocoa butter does not contain caffeine in it. Cocoa in its raw form has some caffeine content. However, that content is lost during processing. First off, cocoa butter is nothing more than a fat portion of cocoa nib which contains about 50% fat. During processing, the nibs get reduced gradually to chocolate paste commonly referred to as chocolate liquor. The liquor is then pressed to cocoa butter. It is at this stage that caffeine is lost.
Like already mentioned, cocoa has naturally occurring caffeine found in the cacao plant. The caffeine is concentrated in average amounts in the nibs of cocoa beans. As the cocoa butter is pressed from beans, chocolate liquor is left. Cocoa solids and caffeine are then left. The end product of this process is cocoa butter which is caffeine free.
Note too that white chocolate is caffeine free because it contains cocoa solids. With that in mind, feel free to use your cocoa butter without worrying whether or not it has caffeine content. This is not to say though that caffeine is bad for your health. There are of course, cocoa products that contain caffeine. Your best bet therefore is to always read instruction manual or the packaging of your cocoa butter product so as to better understand its contents. Be sure to also check on other things like expiration date and purity of the cocoa butter you intend to buy.
If you are looking for caffeine-free butter products, cocoa butter is definitely a good choice.