As within as without.
Who knows me, knows that I have a weakness for special and unusual. Ultimately, this was the reason that made me set off for South America for the first time. The deep desire to discover something new and revolutionary.
It will come as no surprise to you that these are the qualities I focus on when selecting our v varieties. Quality over quantity.
Behind the scenes, our beans work wonders, protecting thousands of square meters of rainforests and dry forests year after year, where our trees, some of them ancient, stand and bear fruit year-round.
By paying prices that are stable and significantly above the Fairtrade world market price, we send signals. We show the indigenous farming families the value of their old, endangered Kakao varieties and the significance of sustainable, biodiverse cultivation methods. Free of pesticides, herbicides, and in harmony with the prevailing natural environment.
But how do we ensure that our beans meet these criteria and are as good for the world as they are for us?
We don't. Because we have Original Beans as a fantastic partner at our side, who specializes in providing the best possible care, training and support to local farmers. The biodiverse cultivation methods, gentle processing and climate-positive transport of the beans are also among the specialties of this forward-looking company, among many others. Here you can find information about their seal standard and their quality criteria for Kakao beans. Over here you can see the positive impact of their work on nature and people in numbers, in their Chocolate Foodprint.
Dipped in myself.
We had the honor of being on site with Jan from Original Beans, visiting farm families, staying overnight with them and speaking to them. The highlight was the presentation of fine chocolate bars, which were created from the Kakao of the indigenous people, to these same people. An inspiring experience that reminded me of the impact our consumption has on the entire world. You can find our cacao adventures in South America on the blog and on Instagram.
If you choose our cacao, you choose appreciation, transparency and cooperation - inside and outside.
Here are our current cacao varieties.