How to Grow Cocoa Beans in Minecraft

In Short
  • Cocoa beans generate naturally in jungle, bamboo jungle and sparse jungle Minecraft biomes in the form of pods.
  • Use the cocoa bean on the side of jungle wood or log to place it. You may also use bone meal on it.
  • Cocoa beans can be broken down into brown dye and composted in the composter.

Minecraft players who are on the hunt for resources to make all color dyes or simply want something new to decorate with should know about cocoa beans. These plant-like items and blocks have some unique and confusing properties. If you’re someone itching to get their hands on some cocoa beans in Minecraft, keep reading our guide to find out just how!

Where to Find Cocoa Beans in Minecraft

How easily you’ll find cocoa beans in Minecraft actually depends on the edition you’re playing on. In the Java edition, cocoa beans are generated in jungles, bamboo jungles, and sparse jungle biomes. They appear in the form of cocoa pods that grow on smaller, naturally generated jungle trees.

Naturally generated cocoa pods

The smallest and medium cocoa pods will drop one cocoa bean, but the third and biggest stage will yield three cocoa beans in Minecraft. An axe is the preferred tool for breaking them, but you may also use any other tool or even the hand.

On Minecraft Bedrock, you can get cocoa beans in the exact same way as on Java. However, apart from that method, you can also perform the following actions to get cocoa beans in Minecraft:

  • Loot bonus chests.
  • Fish inside the jungle, bamboo jungle, and sparse jungle biomes.
  • Trade with a wandering trader.

As you can see, cocoa beans are much more common for Bedrock players than for Java players, but they are still fairly easy to come by.

How to Grow Cocoa Beans in Minecraft

Now that you have cocoa beans, you might get really confused. You cannot place them on dirt, grass, or any common wood type there is. So when all that is said and done, how to plant cocoa beans in Minecraft?

Cocoa beans can only be placed on jungle wood and no other block in the game. Use the cocoa beans on the side of the regular or stripped jungle log or wood (planks don’t work). This will plant the bean and the smallest greenest cocoa pod will appear.

Over time, this block will change into a slightly bigger and more medium brown pod. After some more time, the medium pod will transform into the biggest brown pod that yields three cocoa beans when you break it.

You can use Minecraft bone meal on cocoa pods to speed up this growth process. If possible, one bone meal will turn the pod into the next stage.

Player planting cocoa beans and sing bone meal on them

What Can You Do with Cocoa Beans in Minecraft?

Minecraft cocoa beans have one major use, and that’s to make brown dye in the game. On Java, you’ll have to convert the cocoa bean into brown dye in the crafting grid. One cocoa bean yields one brown dye. However, on Bedrock, you don’t even need to do that.

Cocoa beans behave like brown dye, so you can directly mix them with other items in the grid to color them. To see all the possible crafting recipes cocoa beans are part of in the Bedrock edition, check out our guide on Minecraft dye uses. They are also part of the crafting recipe for cookies.

  • Turning cocoa beans into brown dye
  • Cookie recipe

In addition, cocoa beans can also be composted in the composter and have a 65% chance of increasing the compost layer.

And that’s about it. You finally know how to plant and grow cocoa beans in Minecraft. So, if you want lots and lots of brown blocks, get to work gathering cocoa beans right now. That being said, what do you think about cocoa beans in Minecraft? Let us know in the comments below!

Can you farm cocoa beans in Minecraft?

Yes, there are designs for Minecraft cocoa bean farms that use bone meal and pistons, as these can easily break cocoa beans.

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