Original BeansOriginal Beans - http://originalbeans.com The Planet : Replant It Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:38:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Quality meets Passionhttp://originalbeans.com/quality-meets-passion/ http://originalbeans.com/quality-meets-passion/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:17:29 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7901 Many top chefs in the world swear by our award-winning chocolate for their creations. Each year the Restaurant Magazine awards “The World’s Best 50 Restaurants” – and in 2014 more winners than ever cook with Original Beans. A real dream-team where quality meets passion – for food & conservation alike!

Original Beans congratulates the World’s Best of the Best and thanks for their loyalty & shared vision of a better planet.


Massimo Bottura cooks only with the best ingredients: Original Beans

Massimo Bottura cooks only with the best ingredients: Original Beans

Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana in Modena (Italy), No. 3 in the World

“The past and the future meld in artful fashion”


Elena Arzak, Arzak, San Sebastian (Spain), No. 8 in the World & Best Female Chef,

“Bold and difficult-to-pigeonhole cooking from old & new Basque masters”


Virgilio Martinez, Central, Lima (Peru), No. 15 in the World & Highest Climber

“A paean to pacha mama



Find out here which other top chefs & chocolatiers use Original Beans & pay them a visit.

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Search for cacao diamondshttp://originalbeans.com/search-for-cacao-diamonds/ http://originalbeans.com/search-for-cacao-diamonds/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 14:09:06 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7690 original_beans_colorsThe best chocolate in the world starts with the finest cacao – but that cacao is poised for extinction as the industry replaces fine flavor cacao trees with hybrids and clones.

The Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) Initiative unites the fine chocolate industry in their search for diamonds of cacao. Aim is to connect the beans’ flavor traits to their genetics and to reward respective growers.

As proud member of this innovative project, Original Beans is delighted that the Beni wild cacao sourced by our partner & conservation hero Volker Lehmann has been awarded as first heirloom.


Read Owen Dugan’s feature about Heirloom Cacao Preservation in the Wine Spectator.

Heirloom Cacao Preservation celebrates diversity

Heirloom initiative celebrates diversity

Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest Chocolate has been designated HEIRLOOM quality and flavor

Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest Chocolate has been designated HEIRLOOM quality & flavor










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The chocolate bible recommendshttp://originalbeans.com/chocolate-bible-recommends/ http://originalbeans.com/chocolate-bible-recommends/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 15:00:19 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7596 Experts consider it already as THE chocolate bible: The new handbook “Der Schokoladentester”  (The chocolate tester) by Georg Bernardini. No wonder – after all more than 2.700 chocolate products from 271 brands and 38 countries are reviewed in this extensive guide!
So much the better that the book has won this year’s Gourmand Awards in the category “Best chocolate book in the world 2013”. In his laudation, Edouard Cointreau (president of the Gourmand Awards) called it even “the most innovative chocolatebook for the last 20 years”.  It is Bernardini’s second reward, after winning the title as Germany’s best cook- and foodbook in 2013.
With regards to Original Beans, the author showed great interest in our commitment to conservation and farmer empowerment. But especially the exceptional taste of Original Beans chocolates convinced Bernardini to give a top rating (5 out of 6 beans). His recommended bar: ALL! Since each Original Beans chocolate is truely special, so the author.


Schokoladenbibel vergibt Top Bewertung an Original Beans

Chocolate bible gives top score to Original Beans


Alle Original Beans Schokoladen "empfehlenswert"

All Original Beans chocolates worth recommending



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Virunga: The Moviehttp://originalbeans.com/virunga-the-movie/ http://originalbeans.com/virunga-the-movie/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 14:49:42 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/virunga-der-film-2/ Like a modern version of  “David versus Goliath” seems the latest conflict around the Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo – the region where Original Beans sources its terrific Cru Virunga cocoa.

Park rangers & gorilla caretakers do everything in their power to fight off both cruel military militia and money-greedy oil companies. Nothing less than life itself is at risk, if the park shall fall.

Hauntingly, the partially disturbing documentary “Virunga” by Orlando von Einsiedel sheds light on the tense situation in the region, but also on the wonders of nature and its people, that make it so unique and worth protecting.



At the moment, the movie tours from festival to festival and receives everywhere standing ovations. Original Beans is pround to be part of #teamvirunga, the corresponding campaigne for the preservation of  the National Park.

Read here more about Original Beans social and ecological engagement in Eastern Congo.

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The reality behind fairtradehttp://originalbeans.com/the-reality-behind-fairtrade/ http://originalbeans.com/the-reality-behind-fairtrade/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:45:28 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7492 Is ‘ethical’ chocolate as benign as  it makes out or merely a victory of emotion over evidence? Or in other words: Is fairtrade chocolate really more fair than other products?

Journalist Andrew Williams investigates these tricky questions – that most conscious consumers have on their mind – for Beaten & Creamed, a spanking new printed journal that explores the cuture of baking and beyond.

In his feature “Is Fairtrade Fair?” Williams brings light into the confusion around fairtrade. Original Beans is highlighted in the article as an example for a “new breed of high-end chocolate producers that claim direct trade with farmers – paying over and above the Fairtrade premium for top quality – and achieve better results”.

Beaten & Creamed Feature by Andrew Williams (11/2013) on the reality behind Fairtrade

Beaten & Creamed Feature by Andrew Williams (11/2013) on the reality behind Fairtrade

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Our Cacao Conservation Heroes (2)http://originalbeans.com/our-conservation-heroes-2/ http://originalbeans.com/our-conservation-heroes-2/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09:40:00 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7450 Women: In many parts of the world, they are still highly disadvantaged & dependent and thus, not able to live a self-determined life. This sad fact holds especially true for the extremely poor Eastern Congo region, where women are often mistreated and even raped on a daily basis.

Together with our local partners, Original Beans has set out to build up a real alternative for these women – who are usually not involved in cash crop growing – by engaging them in sustainable cacao cultivation around Virunga National Park.

Our project leader Hilde de Beule and her team work on the ground to empower women; teaching them how to grow, harvest & process top-quality cacao. Additionally, a radio programm on cacao spreads useful knowledge to the most remote places and allows for an exchange of expertise among female cacao farmers and experts.


Equipped with such indispensable skills, these women earn more respect in their male-dominated community and become acknowledged as a  source of knowledge on cacao. To underline their new empowered status, our policy designates the women farmers to bring the cacao seedlings from the nurseries into the families. A powerful symbol of hope and change!

This video is a thank you to Hilde and all people involved in the assiduous conservation and empowerment work in Eastern Congo. Click here for more information on our project in Kivu

women empowerment through cacao cultivation.

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Good chocolate, happy farmers, healthy forestshttp://originalbeans.com/good-chocolate-happy-farmers-healthy-forests/ http://originalbeans.com/good-chocolate-happy-farmers-healthy-forests/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:02:10 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7430 3rd of March is internationally known as WORLD WILDLIFE DAY. Our day to celebrate the beauty of nature on our planet – or what’s left of it! Rarely has wildlife been driven so close to extinction as today by human society, argues Elizabeth Kolbert. Her latest book “The Sixth Extinction” shockingly illustrates how we humans cause extinction on a massive scale by destroying the very origin of life: The tropical rainforests.

It is time to act and chocolate is the key

Original Beans mission is to protect wildlife by transforming the way chocolate is produced and consumed. The following video by Forest for A Living, our cacao conservation project partner in the Esmeraldas (Ecuador), explains how excellent chocolate can both make farmers happy and forests healthy.

And here is what YOU can do NOW: Help us to fund the ongoing work of Forest for a Living online, under: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/forest-for-a-living-alleviating-poverty-to-conserve-rainforest.
Of course, each funder will get an Original Beans Esmeraldas Milk Chocolate as a thank you :D

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Our Cacao Conservation Heroes (1)http://originalbeans.com/original-beans-cacao-conservation-heroes-part-1/ http://originalbeans.com/original-beans-cacao-conservation-heroes-part-1/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:04:24 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7335 This is the success story of Volker Lehmann: a true cacao pioneer & close partner of Original Beans who was the one to rediscover and develop  – against all odds – the world´s first source of “wild cacao” in Beni, Bolivia.

The small, tasty beans, harvested on wild cacao islands in the Amazon River, are responsible for the exceptional taste of Original Beans award-winning Beni Wild Harvest Chocolate.

This video is a thank you to Volker and all people involved in cacao conservation around the world. aus. Click here for more information on our project in Beni


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On Air with Paul van Liempthttp://originalbeans.com/live-on-air-with-paul-van-liempt/ http://originalbeans.com/live-on-air-with-paul-van-liempt/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:39:10 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=6974 Original Beans´ 1 bar = 1 tree policy, the positive impact of direct trade on the livelihood of poor farmers, and our discovery of the wild white porcelana cacao bean in the Peruvan Piura river valley…  These are just few of the many interesting topics discussed during the following interview at the Dutch Business Radio News.

Listen to the Original Beans interview at BNR


Philipp Kauffmann from Original Beans was interviewed by the famous Dutch radio moderator Paul van Liempt, on the occasion of the Origin Chocolate Event at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. More information for this year´s event under: http://www.originchocolate.eu/


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Latest star-chef creationhttp://originalbeans.com/latest-star-chef-creation/ http://originalbeans.com/latest-star-chef-creation/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:42:43 +0000 http://originalbeans.com/?p=7282 Drake_Piura_Chocolate ganacheCheck out Steve Drake´s latest mouth-watering dessert creation, made with Original Beans Piura Porcelana (75%).

Chocolate ganache, cardamon meringue, orange jelly, beetroot ice cream & whiskey sour on the side

The British top-chef was visibly proud when he sent Original Beans the picture, saying: “I used the Piura dark chocolate and love the stuff!”

And where can you eat this delicious dish now? At the 1 Michelin star restaurant Drake’s in Surrey, UK.

Or you give it a try yourself – since Original Beans Piura Porcelana is also available as handy cooking rondos: the 200g Chef´s Buttons.


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