One of the most threatened and least known rainforest ecosystems on earth
The Esmeraldas Province lies at the southernmost point of one of the most threatened and least known rainforest ecosystems on earth – the Chocó. We source our Esmeraldas cacao from Mache Chindul, the last coastal cloud forest of Ecuador which replenishes all major rivers in the region and is home to an enormous variety of plants and wildlife, including the spectacular Imbabura Tree Frog and the Mache Glas Frog.
The precious wildlife of the Chocó is severely threatened by deforestation, caused by logging and slash and burn practices from outside and from 85 small rural communities who have settled within its borders.
Know your beans
The Arriba Nacional makes Ecuador one of the most important fine flavour cacao growing countries. Original Ecuadorian Arriba cacao has complex aroma profiles, with strong cacao and nutty notes. But in times of hybrid cacao and cross-breedings, pure Arriba Nacional is difficult to find. In the extreme remoteness of the Mache Chindul we have found one of the most pure Arriba cacaos, represented by trees we estimate to be 80 years old.
800 hectares of highly biodiverse rainforest as a village forest reserve
Around Mache Chindul people earn money with logging and also cacao, both of which hardly earn them a livelihood. Making the local cacao market fair and equitable in our view is the most effective means to support the people and preserve the forests.
In several village communities, we help to preserve and reforest local Arriba Nacional cacao varieties and provide training in organic cacao growing, fermentation, drying and quality control. In return to our investments, the community of Mono Bravo has already committed 800 hectares of highly biodiverse rainforest as a village forest reserve.
“A fair cacao market is the most effective means to support the people and preserve the forests.”
Plutarco Cobena, cacao farmer
Esmeraldas Milk with Fleur de Sel
Silky Milk Chocolate
Notes of caramel and hazelnuts with Fleur de Sel resonate throughout this silky milk Rare & Original chocolate. The taste floats down from Ecuador’s last Pacific cloudforest, where endangered tree frogs bask in the breeze.
Rare & Original
Gluten Free, Organic
Conserve Cacaos, Help Farmers, Protect Animals, Save Rainforests
Direct-trade cacao beans*, cacao butter*, (cacao 42% minimum), raw cane sugar*, milk*, fleur de sel (*certified organic)
Almonds, Hazelnuts, Lactose, Milk
Velvety notes of salt caramel and red summer fruits
Average Nutritional Values
Esmeraldas Milk 42%
Organic Milk Chocolate
of which saturated fat: 25g
of which sugars: 45g
Dietary Fibre: 3g
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