This bar is another wonderful example of their dedication to cocoa hunting and supporting indigenous peoples. Original Beans boast that this bar is “The first cacao made according to ancient Arhuaco tribal traditions”.
This rich, nutty dark chocolate bar crafted by Original Beans doesn’t just taste good, it does good. With every purchase of this Original Beans chocolate bar, a tree is planted or preserved in Colombia to help replenish the environment and the delicious cocoa beans that grow within it.
If this isn’t enough to persuade you, this bar is also extremely delicious. Whether you need an intensely indulgent midday treat or the perfect gift for someone special
Cocooned by the pristine wilderness of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, the Arhuaco tribe is hardto get to. It takes a rough 8 hours on motorcycle on winding dirt roads – down muddy paths, crossing rivers on corroded wooden rafts – to get to the heart of their land and the communities where we buy an ancient and acutely rare cacao, which the Arhuaco call Businchari, meaning sunrise and new beginning. Into the jungle with the faraway calls of howler monkeys.
Jan, cacao aficionado at Original Beans, was invited by the Arhuaco tribe to visit their villages and meet their spiritual elders in 2015, 2016 and again in the spring of 2017. This is a great honor, since the Arhuaco are genuinely protective oftheir land due to their sad past with intruding outsiders: conquistadors, settlers, guerrilla groups, paramilitary forces, grave robbers – and most recently tourists with little respect for their customs and sacred sites.
Jan first visited the village of Katansama in 2015, located directly at the Caribbean sea, where he sat down with one of thetribe’s spiritual elders, Mamo Kamilo. Unfolding the story of Original Beans and the tremendous efforts we put into making forest-friendly and climate-positive chocolate from rainforest hotspots across the world, Jan explained that our chocolate wrapping and foil is bio-compostable. This was something that Mamo Kamilo could easily relate to: “ if this is true, youreally got it”.
Mamo Kamilo cut the wrapping and foil into small pieces and put it in the soil, whereafter he told Jan that he would hearfrom him in 3 months time – “if this is really true, we can start working together”, Mamo Kamilo exclaimed. Here, beneath agiant tree, an important and sacred meeting place for the community, our partnership with the Arhuaco tribe began. Sincethen we have been working hard to make a better living for the Arhuaco by empowering them to grow ultra-premium cacaoin harmony with their rainforest home, while preserving their ancient and acutely rare cacao heritage.
One Bar: One Tree Program
Original Beans gives all chocolate lovers the taste of the earth’s rarest places. They travel the world in search for the rarest and most delicious beans to bring to all foodies and environmentally conscious consumers. They believe in chocolate that maintains its natural environment instead of harming it. It all starts in one place, without the foundations, there’s no chocolate.
For every bar sold, a seed is planted to protect the cocoa beans habitat and empower local farmers and their families. All at the same time, this protects the environment, boosts the economy and preserves the heritage for many future generations.
This scheme has preserved over 1,000,000 trees in the cocoa origins.
This intense dark chocolate bar has a sherbet-like aroma. From the first bite, this is a rich, smooth chocolatey bar with notes of stoned fruit and hazelnut.