Know your beans - Original Beans

Dare to be Rare

Like other tree fruits, cacao is infused with flavours from its terroir. Its seeds are full of nutrition and when harvested, fermented and dried with craft, they reveal the unique characters of their distinct origins. Since 2008, our Bean Team travels to the rarest places on earth to bring “original beans” to you. Taste the Rare and Preserve it!

Taste the rarest cacaos

... and preserve them

Select Tribal Cacaos

Beans of wisdom, our select tribal cacaos represent the deep history and commitment of the indigenous tribes who know—and grow—them best. Their singular tastes revive long-forgotten human experiences of living in harmony with nature. Truly exclusive, they have no peer in making a higher social or environmental impact.

ARHUACO BUSINCHARI

HARMONIOUS,
Arhuaco Lands, Colombia

ZOQUE

SPIRITED DARK,
Selva Zoque, Mexico

Rarest of Rare

No place is too high (the 1200m at which our Cusco Chuncho grows) nor too hidden (the wild Beniano that can only be reached by boat) to collect the rarest of beans. These chocolates’ flavours travel to the far reaches of the imagination.

CUSCO CHUNCHO

MIGHTY, Sacred Cusco Valley, Peru

PIURA MALINGAS

DAZZLING, Piura Valley, Peru

BENI WILD HARVEST

VIVID, Beni Amazon, Bolivia

Ultra rare

These ultra rare beans (nearly extinct in the case of Piura Porcelana and Papua Kerafat upon their rediscovery) are aromatic time capsules from the earth’s remotest regions like the amazingly biodiverse Udzungwa Mountain National Park.

GRAND CRU BLEND

DENSE, Rainforest Blend

 

PIURA PORCELANA

BRIGHT, Piura Valley, Peru

 

CRU UDZUNGWA

PLAYFUL, Udzungwa Park, Tanzania

 

PAPUA KERAFAT

ELEGANT, Tanah Papua, Indonesia

Rare and Original

Filled with nature’s abundance and diversity (from the rich and varied landscapes of Virunga National Park to the mists of Esmeraldas’ cloudfor- ests to the slow way of life in the Yuna River Valley where our Edel Weiss calls home) these rare beans put pure deliciousness within reach.

CRU VIRUNGA

EARTHY, Virunga Park, Congo DR

 

FEMMES DE VIRUNGA

STRONG, Virunga Park, Congo DR

 

ESMERALDAS MILK

SILKY, Esmeraldas Coast, Ecuador

 

EDEL WEISS

BARE, Yuna River, Dominican Republic

Bean Team

Since 2008 our Bean Team brings the most original and delicious cacao beans to you. They experience exciting adventures, meet indigenous tribes, and are sometimes cut-off from the outside world for weeks. The Bean Team is responsible for the direct trade with our farmers and the implementation of our One Bar : One Tree programme.

Preserve cacao heritage

Our One Bar : One Tree programme grows a tree for every chocolate bar sold, ensuring heirloom cacaos and their forests of origin will remain for future generations. To date, Original Beans has grown over 2 million trees in the cacao origins. The tree planting efforts are carefully coordinated to help empower farmers and their families, and protect endangered wildlife.

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