When entrepreneur-conservationist Philipp Kauffmann left his job at the UN to start a new venture, he sought inspiration among seven generations of recognized forest explorers and environmentalists in his family. His great grandfather had founded one of the largest nature conservation organizations of Germany, and 220 years ago one of his ancestors, G. L. Hartig, helped to coin the term sustainability itself. From this legacy Original Beans was born.
Since 2008, Original Beans has helped to plant one million trees in regions as remote as the Amazon and challenging as Eastern Congo. Original Beans has changed the lives of twenty-thousand cacao growing families, preserved some of the rarest cacaos in the world, and helped to buffer forests that harbour the last mountain gorillas and the breathtaking birds of paradise.
We are delighted that many chocolate lovers around the world share our passion for luxurious chocolate and rigorous sustainability. Together, we change the world through chocolate. ONE BAR : ONE TREE
|Delicate notes of floral honey, apricot and jasmine tea||Beni Wild Harvest 66% – Hand-picked wild cacao growing in the Beni Savannah, Bolivian Amazon. The Beniano is an endemic wild cacao variety that grows on the cacao forest islands in the Bolivian Amazon, where it is harvested by indigenous collectors. This exceptional dark chocolate has a cacao content of 66% and is conched for 24 hours. It is delicate, yet expressive—with notes of floral honey, apricot, and a hint of jasmine.|
|Luscious not s of lime, raspberry and toasted nuts||Piura Porcelana 75% – Organic chocolate from ultra-rare white cacao Piura River Valley, Peruvian Andes. Original Beans discovered this ultra-rare white cacao in the Piura River Valley of Northern Peru in 2007. Due to its lively fruit flavours, it has become one of the best awarded international beans. With a cacao content of 75% and a 22-hour conch, Original Beans presents a very elegant yet luscious dark chocolate with notes of lime, raspberry and roasted nuts. The conservation objective here is reforesting the nearby mountain slopes to restore a stable water supply of this dry land.|
|Warm notes of Morello cherries, deep chocolate and black tea||Cru Virunga 70% - Organically grown in the buffer of Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo (D.R.). This cacao is grown in the buffer zone of Virunga National Park in part of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is Africa’s oldest nature park and home to the last wild mountain gorillas in the world. This lively dark chocolate has a cacao content of 70% and is conched for 20 hours. It has a strong finish with hints of black tea.Original Beans is currently campaigning together with Virunga National Park and the movie “Virunga” for the preservation of the park.|
|Velvety notes of caramel with fleur de sel||Esmeraldas Milk 42% - Organic milk chocolate from world-renowned Arriba cacao From the Pacific Rainforest, Esmeraldas Ecuador. This smooth-melting organic chocolate contains original Arriba beans from the rainforests of the Esmeraldas. The Arriba gives this velvety milk chocolate with 42% cacao a nutty flavor, in addition to the significant salt caramel and red summer fruit flavors. Original Beans supports the Forest for a Living initiative for more sustainable cacao cultivation and the preservation of Mache Chindul, the main remaining cloud forest along the Ecuadorian coastline.|
|Dense notes of forest berries and coffee||Grand Cru Blend No.1 80% – Organic dark chocolate of world’s rarest cacao varietals Rainforest hotspots in South America and Africa. Like the art of a perfect espresso, the art of the perfect blend remains a secret of the house. Only so much can be said: For our 5th anniversary, we created the first Original Beans Blend, consisting of the rarest cacaos on earth. Intense notes of wild berries and coffee carry the fruit and acidity to the finish.|
Gentle notes of pear and dried fruit
|Papua Kerafat, Indonesia 68% – Dark chocolate from historic cacao variety Rediscovered in rainforests of Papua, Indonesia.The remote jungles of New Guinea were colonized by the Netherlands between 1828 and 1962. After the annexation by Indonesia in 1969, the cacao plantations of the Dutch settlers were forgotten. Original Beans in collaboration with WWF Indonesia has rediscovered a historic cacao bean in the rainforests of Papua and presents its world premiere in a mild dark chocolate recipe with dried fruit aromas. Original Beans’ work focuses on sustainable development among indigenous Papuan communities and protection of the birds of paradise in the nearby rainforests.|
|Creamy notes of cappuccino and roasted nuts cappuccion||Femmes de Virunga 55% – Organic milk chocolate from Africa’s oldest park. Supporting women farmers of Eastern Congo. Since 2008, the team of Original Beans has locally developed the cacao region around the Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo. This includes strengthening women’s groups, with seedlings, training, and a local radio program by women for women. The recipe of Femmes de Virunga is both powerful and elegant: A very dark milk chocolate with creamy notes of cappuccino and roasted nuts.|
Rich notes of banana milk and cacao butter
|Edel Weiss 40% – Organic white chocolate without vanilla. Grown in Yuna River Valley, Dominican Republic. For those who are still not quite certain: White chocolate is milk chocolate without cacao solids. If the ingredients are of superior quality as in this bar — fine Trinitario cacao from the Yuna River Valley in the Dominican Republic and classic Swiss Alpine milk — additives such as vanilla can be dispensed with. Then the persistent rich notes of banana milk and cacao butter come wonderfully to the fore.|