ORIGINAL BEANS VIRUNGA PARK CHOCOLATE FROM CONGO D.R
VIRUNGA PARK CACAO
Hints of morello cherries, earthy chocolate and black tea are revealed as the rare Cru Virunga melts in your mouth.
FEMMES DE VIRUNGA CACAO
Femme de Virunga chocolate delivers essences of roasted nuts and cappuccino.
SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS & ECOLOGY
Each purchase of earthy Virunga 70% supports its farmers rebuild sustainable livelihoods around Africa’s oldest park, in addition to participating in successful health education and cacao training programs. Over three million trees have been planted and deforestation rates have halved since the beginning of the cacao project, helping protect the last of the mountain gorillas.
SUPPORTING WOMEN IN VIRUNGA
In 2008, Original Beans kicked off a partnership with a few hundred women to grow cocoa and achieve a direct trade price premium. The community leadership of these Femmes de Virunga helps bring prosperity to the region. They have planted more than a quarter of a million cacao trees and forty thousand shade trees.
PRESERVE THE RARE
To make sure that cacao beans of distinction and the rainforests in which they are found are protected and safe from extinction, Original Beans grow one tree for every bar sold. When you break off a piece of Original Beans chocolate, not only are you a moment away from enjoying the earth’s rarest cacao beans in their purest form, but you are breaking ground for a tree in a cacao producing region under threat.
Through their One Bar : One Tree programme, Original Beans customers and farmers have grown millions of trees to date. #OneBarOneTree
TASTE THE RARE
Like other tree fruits, cacao is infused with flavours from the environment in which it grows. Its seeds, also known as beans, are full of nutrition and when harvested, fermented, and dried with craft, they reveal the unique characters of their distinct origins. Since 2008, the ‘Bean Team’ travels to the rarest places on earth to bring original beans to you.
Each of the beans, and their origins, has a story to tell. We invite you to taste them all.
DARE TO BE RARE
Original Beans has been on a mission to encourage the world to grow a taste for preserving nature. Since 2008, they have ventured into remote rainforests to feature the world’s rarest cacaos and transform the culture of chocolate, food and luxury. In doing so, Original Beans has been demonstrating that it is not only possible, but in many cases practical too, in order to regenerate what we consume.
Together, we can preserve nature in all its rarity. Taste the rare and preserve it.
THE BEAN TEAM
The ‘Bean Team’ goes to extraordinary lengths and distances to source previously undiscovered, forgotten and tucked away cacao beans for their chocolates. These adventurers trek through jungles, climb mountains and cross fast-flowing rivers to get to cacao groves, often meeting indigenous tribes and cutting themselves off from the outside world for weeks on end. The result is an amazing collection of unforgettable characters who reveal far off tales with every bite.
The Bean Team is also responsible for the sustainable development of Original Beans farmers and the implementation of the One Bar : One Tree programme.
Becoming an Original Beans farmer is like moving from a short-term free agency contract into long-term employment at twice the income. High, direct, and secure prices paid for beans mean a stable income, an incentive to make the best product, and a bright outlook for the future for cacao farming families across the world, with zero incidents of child labour and the empowerment of hundreds of young farmers, including women in more traditional societies.
Original Beans supports over 160 farming families full time and close to 7,000 on a part-time basis.
Since their launch in 2010, Original Beans products have been restoring the climate, by designing every part of the supply chain climate consciously, and reducing CO2 emissions at every step. In fact, the largest climate cost of Original Beans chocolates comes from tiny organic cacao farms. This is not even from CO2 but from natural N2O emitted during the composting of leaves, twigs, and pods – essential to keep to the soils healthy.
However, on their cacao farms is also where the great climate surplus happens: through the Magic Of Trees who breathe in and store CO2.
ORIGINAL BEANS VIRUNGA PARK CACAO PROVENANCE
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