Original Beans was founded in 2008 by Philipp Kauffmann, a former conservationist at the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations, to be a regenerative chocolate making company that focuses on protecting farmers, the rainforest, and thousands of endangered species. Their One Bar : One Tree programme promises that a tree is planted every time an Original Beans bar is sold, which can be tracked on their website with a special code on the back of the packet.
Original Beans’ first 100% bar, this intense dark Swiss chocolate has a perfectly smooth melt and a delicate floral sweetness, revealing a lightly perfumed profile of rose petals with a cut-grass sweetness. “100%” means no added sugar – it’s all cocoa solids and cocoa butter. The result is a deep chocolate experience with all the flavours of the bean.
The beans for this bar come from the Cusco Valley in the Peruvian Andes, a stone’s throw from the ancient mountain-top city of Machu Picchu. Cusco Valley is home to the Chuncho bean, one of Peru’s rarest varietal of cocoa. Although many modern hybrids also use this name, Original Beans has gone back to the source, to find and preserve the purest strain of this ancient and precious cocoa bean. Grown in Peru and made in Switzerland, this chocolate is a dream for 100% lovers the world over.