Esmeraldas - Ecuador - Original Beans

PRESERVING THE CLOUD FOREST HOME OF THE SILKY TREE FROGS

MACHE CHINDUL NATURE RESERVE

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.

Specifications

Weight
70 g
Cacao percentage
42%
Bean Origin
Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Rarity
Rare & Original
Diet
Gluten Free, Organic
Cause
Conserve Cacaos, Help Farmers, Protect Animals, Save Rainforests
Price (100g)
€ 5.60

Ingredients

Direct-trade cacao beans*, cacao butter*, (cacao 42% minimum), raw cane sugar*, milk*, fleur de sel (*certified organic)

Allergens

Almonds, Hazelnuts, Lactose, Milk

Notes

Velvety notes of salt caramel and red summer fruits

Average Nutritional Values

Esmeraldas Milk 42%
Organic Milk Chocolate
Nutrition Facts
Per 100g

Energy: 2463kJ/588kcal
Fat: 41g
of which saturated fat: 25g
Carbohydrate: 49g
of which sugars: 45g
Dietary Fibre: 3g
Protein: 7g
Sodium: 119mg
Cholesterol: 20mg

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