Cocoa powder can be unsweetened and pulverized. Cocoa power is chocolate liquor that has been defatted. It provides a strong taste of chocolate. Cocoa powder can be Dutch-processed. It can also be natural. Cocoa powder that is natural is tan. It also has a stronger taste of chocolate. Natural cocoa powder should only be used in recipes that include baking soda.
Cocoa powder that is Dutch-processed is alkalized. Alkalized cocoa is darker than the natural. Alkalization is when too much salt is present in the soil. This can be harmful to the growing of most crops.It is less acidic than natural cocoa powder. The flavor of it is not as intense as the natural. Alkalized cocoa powder is for recipes that also have baking powder.