Esmeraldas - Ecuador - Original Beans

PRESERVE THE CLOUD FOREST HOME OF THE SILKY TREE FROGS

Esmeraldas Coast, Ecuador

With Esmeraldas Milk with Fleur de Sel

Silky Milk Chocolate

Notes of cream and caramel with Fleur de Sel resonate throughout this silky milk chocolate. The taste flows from Rare Arriba beans in Ecuador’s last Pacific cloudforest, where forest frogs bask in the soothing breeze. One Bar : One Tree Each purchase of silky Esmeraldas 42% supports the growers up in the clouds of the Mache nature reserve to preserve their trees and frogs.

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The most threatened and least known rainforest 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.

Already, 85 small rural communities have settled inside the nature reserve and add to the deforestation, caused by logging and slash and burn practices. However, the remoteness of Mono Bravo guarantees that their heirloom Arriba Nacional cacao remains unaffected by Ecuador’s boom in hybrid cocoa. Which gives them – and us and you – the gift for exceptional heirloom chocolate. And the chance to preserve the other gifts of nature in Mache Chindul.

Know your bean: Mono Bravo Arriba

The name of the Arriba Nacional cacao is said to originate from “de rio arriba”, meaning upriver. That precisely is how things go down in Mono Bravo nowadays: old and young cowboys of the village elegantly travel over streams and creeks on horseback to bring their exceptional beans to us.

One bar : One tree @Esmeraldas

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 and as customer of the Dutch energy company Van De Bron you can acquire their climate certificates.

Here is more of what we do:

  • Preserve and reforest local Arriba Nacional cacao varietals
  • Protect 200 hectares of highly biodiverse rainforest
  • Help farmers get organic certified
  • Train in cacao-agroforestry and post-harvest management
  • Subsidize proper farming equipment and tools

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

“A high cacao price helps our families and our forests directly.”

Plutarco Cobena, Esmeraldas cacao farmer

Esmeraldas Milk with Fleur de Sel

Silky Milk Chocolate

Notes of cream and caramel with Fleur de Sel resonate throughout this silky milk chocolate. The taste flows from Rare Arriba beans in Ecuador’s last Pacific cloudforest, where forest frogs bask in the soothing breeze. One Bar : One Tree Each purchase of silky Esmeraldas 42% supports the growers up in the clouds of the Mache nature reserve to preserve their trees and frogs.

Specifications

Weight
70 g
Cacao percentage
42%
Bean Origin
Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Rarity
Rare
Diet
Gluten Free, Organic
Cause
Conserve Cacaos, Help Farmers, Protect Animals, Save Rainforests
Price (100g)
€ 5.70

Ingredients

Direct-trade cacao beans*, cacao butter*, (cacao 42% minimum), raw cane sugar*, milk*, fleur de sel (**Certified Organic, Gluten-free, GMO-free)

Average Nutritional Values

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

Energy: 2463kJ/588kcal
Fat: 44g
of which saturated fat: 25g
Carbohydrate: 49g
of which sugars: 45g
Dietary Fibre: 3g
Protein: 7g
Salt: 0,30g
Iron: 3,2mg
Calcium: 270mg

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