Our way of preserving the most spectacular forests in the world is to offer the most delicious products these forests have to give. To give back, we plant or preserve one tree for every product sold.
—Philipp Kauffmann, 2014, Original Beans Founder
Any wise management must use the forest in such a way that generations to come can enjoy as much benefit from it as the present generation has.
—G.L. Hartig, 1791, Eminent forestry scientist and forefather of Philipp Kauffmann
When entrepreneur-conservationist Philipp Kauffmann left his job at the UN to start a new venture, he sought inspiration among seven generations of recognized forest explorers and environmentalists in his family.
His great grandfather had founded one of the largest nature conservation organizations of germany, and 220 years ago one of his ancestors, G. L. Hartig, helped to coin the term sustainability itself. Fom this legacy Original Beans was born.
Since 2008, Original Beans has helped to plant one million trees in regions as remote as the amazon and challenging as Eastern Congo. Original Beans has changed the lives of twenty-thousand cacao growing families, preserved some of the rarest cacaos in the world, and helped to buffer forests that harbour the last mountain gorillas and the breathtaking birds of paradise.
Original Beans chocolates have repeatedly won the most prestigious chocolate awards and are served in the world’s best restaurants.
We are delighted that many chocolate lovers around the world share our passion for luxurious chocolate and rigorous sustainability. Together, we change the world through chocolate.