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No bean is like the other

Most chefs these days, and more and more of us food lovers want to know where our food comes from – I mean, we really want to know. Where and how did it grow, who harvested it, how did it become such a delicious food? We have picked up these questions in wine shops and…

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The Laughter of Women

What do the Femmes de Virunga and female chefs have in common? We take you to the world of Spanish top chef Cristina García Suárez as she creates her favorite dish with Femmes de Virunga chocolate at her restaurant at the foot of Mount Amboto in the Basque Country. And we travel to another strong…

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Standing with the Arhuaco tribe

Cocooned by the pristine wilderness of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, the Arhuaco tribe is hard to get to. It takes a rough 8 hours on motorcycle on winding dirt roads – down muddy paths, crossing rivers on corroded wooden rafts – to get to the heart of their land and…

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Original Beans launches the world’s first 100% regenerative couverture

The Rainforest Couvertures pack is made from wood fibers rather than plastic or aluminum or a combination of both. So it is natural, renewable and organically compostable. To protect the chocolates from light and oxygen and in perfect condition an ultra-thin layer of natural aluminum is steamed onto the wood foil. Now new: the world’s first compostable couverture…

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An interesting pair: Chocolate & beer!

We do like the better things in life. Chocolate, wine, but also beers. And every summer, when the chocolate season is on a seasonal low, we keep ourselves busy with small side projects. Amsterdam, where our headquarter is located, is a perfect spot to reach out to local breweries and hop on a tour to…

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How to taste chocolate

A guided tour through rare tastes and flavours. Because you’re curious and conscious about the complex world of taste; because you, like us, believe memory is infused with rare tastes and flavours, come along with us and indulge in this tasting experience. Let’s say chocolate is like a lover whose heart we wish to discover.…

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My industry, chocolate, exploits black families by the hundred thousands. The vast majority of chocolate brands may not be overtly racist, but they tolerate and operate in a racist system. Ask yourself about how much a black life matters when you invest less than Euro 2,- for a chocolate bar grown by black farmers. Walk…

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Chris Dodd’s Big Beautiful World

A CHOCOLATE LAB EXPEDITION  Remember when we go somewhere we’ve never been before and freely explore? Remember the feeling of being a little bit lost but knowing it would be okay in the end? And as time seems to stretch so does our feeling of uncertainty…It’s hard not to think of the present as if…

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The perfect pair: Chocolate and wine!

Chocolate and wine go well together, don’t they? Not at all! At least not, if you haven’t explored them. Finding the right wine for the chocolate and the right chocolate for the wine is complex, almost a small, playful science for yourself. Why? The wine of a vintage often differs completely from that of another,…

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Sunrise on Napo River, Amazon

Take reforestation and climate action in your own hands

You marched on the streets and joined the #climatestrike and yet decision-makers left you disappointed by their lack of action. Together, we can prevent the climate emergency now! Our best hope for climate action lies in growing trees. Does that mean, now you have to roll up your sleeves and plant trees yourself? Well, we…

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How do you know if a chocolate is good?

We share with you a few secrets about making outstanding chocolate and how you can tell the good from the bad. Like all things in life, it takes dedication to become an expert. And our Original Beans flavour makers have dedicated their lives from early age to become the very best in what they make:…

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Stop the Amazon from burning – by choosing the right chocolate

The Amazon is burning and many of us are lying awake at night asking ourselves what to do. The last time the world was so shaken in real-time by an environmental disaster was when the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl melted down. What we are witnessing in Amazon is far more consequential. But we can understand…

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