Hints of floral honey, apricot and jasmine tea are present in this rarest of rare cacao 66% dark chocolate! The taste leads to the wild cacao trees on Amazon forest islands, home to the vivid blue-throated macaw - An origin-specific animal being a wonderfully distinguishable feature of all Original Beans packaging.
Each purchase of the vivid Beni Wild 66% helps to preserve this natural wonderland and its wild inhabitants.
"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."
"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.
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
Original Beans are one of the most sustainable chocolate producers on the planet: one bar sold = one tree planted. They're passionate about being actively involved in the conservation of their cacao sources from Congo to Bolivia. They pride themselves on an ethical direct trade of their beans to ensure cacao farmers can achieve a liveable income.
When you break off a piece of Original Beans chocolate, not only are you moments away from enjoying the rarest cacao beans in their purest form — you are breaking ground for a tree. Enter the code from your bar on their website's 'tree tracker' to see it grow.
Cacao mass*, raw cane sugar*, cacao butter*, Cacao solids: 66% minimum
Despite intensively cleaning after every production with possible allergen ingredients, all Original Beans chocolate may contain traces of hazelnuts and almonds.