Arhuaco - Colombia - Original Beans

PRESERVE THE HARMONIOUS WAYS OF THE ARHUACO TRIBE

ARHUACO ANCESTRAL LANDS, COLOMBIA

With Arhuaco Businchari

Harmonious Dark Chocolate

Heights of sweet spice, liquorice and sesame rise gently in this ultra rare chocolate made according to ancient Arhuaco tribal traditions that are designed to maintain the world’s natural harmony.

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A new beginning for an ancient cacao culture

Forced into the highlands for centuries by conquistadores, settlers and the coca wars, the Arhuaco indigenous community has recently returned to their ancestral lands and sacred sites at the Caribbean shores of La Lengüete.

Here, they are initiating the revival of a select tribal cacao culture that was almost extinguished hundreds of years ago when outsiders mistakenly thought a rare white cacao was infected and cut the trees. Luckily, some old cacao trees survived in the shade of the wilderness and the Arhuacos recently started to harvest their precious cacaos again. One they named “Businchari” which means “new beginning” – and that’s exactly how the Arhuaco view their work with Original Beans on the Arhuaco Businchari chocolate.

Know your bean: Arhuaco Businchari

Some cacao genetic scientists believe that the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta could have been the birthplace of the ancient criollo blanco, from where it dispersed south into the Amazon and further north to the Maya forests. The Arhuaco farmers are determined to preserve the ancient cacaos, since they fit perfectly with their traditional philosophy and lifestyle based on organic and forest-friendly farming.

One bar : One tree @Arhuaco

With ecosystems ranging from coral reefs to rainforests to snow-clad mountains, the Arhuaco ancestral lands are a gem of nature. Our project empowers the Arhuaco tribe to make a better living, while protecting one of the most biologically diverse rainforests on Earth. So here is what we do since 2015 on the ground:

  • Research and map flavorful cacao trees in the Arhuaco territory
  • Establish nurseries for these cacaos and for native wood species
  • Establish cacao forests that function as in-situ cacao clonal gardens and a forest-friendly land use model
  • Train the locals in fermentation and drying, organic farming, and pest control
  • Support the preservation of virgin rainforest areas through conservation agreements
  • Establish a demonstration farm for the high school in Bunkwimake, where 150 children go

Want to follow the impact of this project? One bar : One tree : Go see!

“Our forests help us guard the 'heart of the world' and keep the earth in balance.”

Hernan Villafaña, Arhuaco cacao leader

Arhuaco Businchari

Harmonious Dark Chocolate

Heights of sweet spice, liquorice and sesame rise gently in this ultra rare chocolate made according to ancient Arhuaco tribal traditions that are designed to maintain the world’s natural harmony.

Specifications

Weight
70 g
Cacao percentage
82%
Bean Origin
Businchari, Colombia
Rarity
Ultra rare, Tribal
Diet
Gluten Free, Organic
Cause
Help Farmers

Ingredients

cacao mass, organic cane sugar

Allergens

Hazelnuts

Average Nutritional Values

Colombia Arhuaco Businchari
Dark chocolate
NUTRITION FACTS
Per 100g

Energy: 2402 kJ / 574 kcal
Fat: 46g
Thereof Saturated fat: 28g
Carbohydrate: 31g
Thereof Sugars: 17g
Dietary Fibre: 15g
Protein: 9g
Salt: 0.03g
Iron:	20mg

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