My father is a retired chef so he is kind of picky with the quality of his ingredients. In most cases it causes no problem, but there is a single exception. The cocoa powder he buys is extremely rich, powerful and bitter as hell.

It is so much that any recipe I found on the internet which contains cocoa powder becomes a total gamble as I don't have the his gift of measuring by eye. I cannot put the same amount of cocoa from the recipes henceforth I am asking, how do you deal with the amount of very bitter and strong cocoa powder you put into your recipes, compared to normal supermarket stuff?

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    Not sure why not. It certainly can't hurt.
    – Catija
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 18:51
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    Their website has recipes... you might consider looking at how much they use in similar recipes using their own cocoa powder. Like this one: elit-chocolate.com/recipies/nuans-bitter-cikolatali-browni-keki
    – Catija
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 19:15
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    Unsweetened cocoa is very bitter no matter what brand you buy, are you comparing it to sweetened drinking cocoa by any chance?
    – GdD
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 11:44
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    I'm familiar with Elit (which is actual cocoa solids) but I'm not sure of what you're comparing it to. If it is hot cocoa powder, chocolate powder or cocoa solids (they're 3 VERY different things). Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 14:47
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    Or maybe, dutch processed vs ordinary is being compared by accident? Commented May 11, 2017 at 15:54

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I am going to risk pinning the problem on the measuring method. Cacao powder density can vary. The only way to measure powdery ingredients is by weight, not volume. Even for the same batch of powder, every cup could be loaded differently. Weigh what your father is using.

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