Beni Boliva - Original Beans

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

BENI AMAZON, BOLIVIA

With Beni Wild Harvest

Vivid Dark Chocolate

Hints of floral honey, apricot and jasmine tea in this Rarest of Rare wild Beniano cacao lead to remote Amazon forest islands, home to the world’s last vivid blue-throated macaws. One bar : One tree Each purchase of the vivid Beni Wild 66% helps to preserve this natural wonderland and its wild, vivid inhabitants.

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Chocolate from the wild

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

Here 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 rarest of rare 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 Bean: Cacao Beniano

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 and flowery aroma of the Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66% chocolate. Because of their small size, they do not fit the industry norms and machines, but they are exceptionally tasty – small and delicious like wild strawberries.

One bar : One tree @Beni

Since 2010, Original Beans has promoted Beniano chocolate and its conservation. Wild cacao harvest provides indigenous people with additional income and blends well with traditional land use. But local production infrastructure needed to be built and the logistics of bringing this cacao from the heart of the Beni to you are complex. While wild cacao has been replanted at small scale, our conservation cacao strategy requires a high count of replanted or preserved trees, we support have  and the collection and at times replanting of wild cacao across a vast area and so we plant trees in Virunga

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

“There were no roads, there still are none.”

Volker Lehmann, founder of the Theobroma Foundation

Beni Wild Harvest

Vivid Dark Chocolate

Hints of floral honey, apricot and jasmine tea in this Rarest of Rare wild Beniano cacao lead to remote Amazon forest islands, home to the world’s last vivid blue-throated macaws. One bar : One tree Each purchase of the vivid Beni Wild 66% helps to preserve this natural wonderland and its wild, vivid inhabitants.

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)

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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