Beni Boliva - Original Beans

SAFEGUARDING WILD CACAO LANDS, HOME TO THE VIVID BLUE-THROATED MACAWS

BENI AMAZON, BOLIVIA

Discover the region

Beni Amazon, Bolivia

Made up of savanna, forest and waterways, the Beni is an archipelago of over 38 forest islands called ‘chocolatales’. This region in the Southwestern Amazon basin is marked by environmental extremes: seasons vacillate between drought and floods.

This is the only place where 100% wild cacao grows. Playing a vital role in its propagation, the last 400 specimen of the vivid blue-throated Macaw courier cacao seeds from forest island to forest island. For centuries, indigenous collectors  have sustainably harvested the Beniano cacao, which can often only be reached by boat. The region refers to itself as a traditional chocolate province, a vital heritage we are working to preserve.

Know your Beans

The Beniano, that grows endemically in the Bolivian Amazonas, was named after the river where it thrives. The very small beans that weigh just about the half of usual cacao beans, account for the fruity & flowery aroma of the Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66% chocolate. Because of their small size, they do not fit the industry norms, but they are exceptionally tasty – small and delicious like wild strawberries.

Learn about the project

Since 2010, Original Beans has helped protect and reforest the Beniano cacao. The preservation and direct trade of the wild Beni cacao provides indigenous people with additional income, while maintaining the integrity of the surrounding waterways and forests. Our conservation cacao strategy requires the collection and at times replanting of wild cacao across a vast area.

Wild cacao collection blends well with cattle and traditional land use, but local cacao production infrastructure needs to be built and the complex logistics of bringing this cacao from the heart of the Beni to you.

“Wild cacao provide us additional income.”

Eduardo Tamaris, La tranquilidad cacao collector

Beni Wild Harvest

Vivid Dark Chocolate

Hints of floral honey, apricot and jasmine tea are present in this shimmering, Rarest of Rare chocolate. The taste leads to the wild cacao trees on Amazon forest islands, home to the vivid blue-throated macaw.

Specifications

Weight
70 g
Cacao percentage
66%
Bean Origin
Beni, Bolivia
Diet
Gluten Free, Vegan
Cause
Conserve Cacaos, Help Farmers, Preserve Cultures, Protect Animals, Save Rainforests
Price (100g)
€ 7.07

Ingredients

Direct-trade cacao beans**, cacao butter*, (cacao 66% minimum), raw cane sugar* (*certified organic, **FairWild certified)

Allergens

Almonds, Hazelnuts, Lactose, Milk

Notes

Delicate notes of floral honey, apricot and a hint of jasmine tea

Average Nutritional Values

Beni Wild Harvest 66%
Dark Chocolate
Nutrition Facts
Per 100g

Energy: 2379 kJ / 568 kcal
Fat: 41g
Thereof Saturated fat: 25g
Carbohydrate: 48g
Thereof Sugars: 33g
Dietary Fibre:	10g
Protein: 6g
Salt: 0.03g
Iron: 11mg

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