Notes of caramel and hazelnut with Fleur de Sel resonate throughout this rare Arriba cacao. The taste floats down from Ecuador’s last Pacific cloudforest, where silky tree frogs bask in the humid breeze.
One Bar = One Tree. Each purchase of silky Esmeraldas 42% supports the growers up in the clouds of the Mache reserve to preserve their trees and frogs, which adorn the packaging of this wonderful bar.
Arising from the mists of Ecuador’s last pacific cloudforest, Mache Chindul, the old Arriba cacao trees of our farmers have long offered shelter to rare species, like silky forest frogs. Once a staple of Ecuador, rare Arriba beans are hard to find in this era of industrial cacaos. Thanks to Original Beans' intrepid 'Bean Team' no bean stays hidden, and importantly no frog is left unprotected.
One of the most beloved types of Cacao, arriba nacional is favoured by chocolate makers and Cacao enthusiasts alike.
This rare variety is entirely endemic to Ecuador, and if grown outside of the country it loses it's wonderful flavour profile.
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.
One bar : One tree : Go see!
Raw cane sugar*, cacao butter*, whole milk powder*, cacao mass*, fleur de sel*.
* = Organic
"Despite intensively cleaning after every production with possible allergen ingredients, all our chocolate may contain traces of hazelnuts and almonds."