Thank you for growing a tree!

look at the amazing regeneration you have been helping us with on the esmeraldas coast 

Soccer fields of cloud forest ARE preserved

seedlings were grown in local nurseries

farmer families received organic certification

tree nurseries are up and running

Your tree grows here

Area: Mache Chindul Reserve
The forest: Eco reserve Mache Chindul the size of 166.841 soccer fields
Rare wildlife: Mache glass frog, boa constrictor, choco toucan, nine-banded armadillo, white-fronted capuchin, jaguar
Original bean: Rare old-growth Arriba Nacional cacao
Your growers: 16 families in 1 village


Updated: October 2023

Summer 2023

The Mono Bravo community took part in skill training on gathering seeds from native cacao trees and cultivating seedlings in their established nurseries.

Spring 2023

Cacao growers in Loma Linda received skill training in grafting cacao trees, a process ensuring the purity of newly planted cacao. In winter 2022, approximately 1,500 trees were grafted using materials from 100 selected mother stock trees.

Winter 2022

The Loma Linda community nurtured 4,693 seedlings by the Cayapas River, distributing them to local farmers. Over 20 different species, mostly native to the Cotacachi Cayapas reserve cloud forest, were grown in this nursery to enrich cacao forests and agroforestry systems.

Autumn 2022

The Greenhouse Gas Balance Assessment for Esmeraldas cacao’s climate was conducted by the field team, led by Piura project leader Littman, traveling from Peru to Ecuador. They assessed the number of trees, species, altitude, and diameter on 20 sample farms.

Summer 2022

The Mono Bravo community is cultivating 5,000 locally selected Nacional cacao seedlings to enrich their cacao forests.

Spring 2022

An audit on the farm to evaluate the growth of the timber trees that have been planted in the last few years is being conducted.

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Over past decades, the rainforests of Ecuador’s Pacific coast have been reduced to a few green patches. The largest is known as Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve. It was created in 1996 to protect against large timber companies.

The cacao farmers of Mono Bravo live inside the Reserve and act as stewards of the forest and its wildlife. Your enjoyment of Original Beans Esmeraldas chocolates empowers them culturally and economically in their old cacao tradition. Cacao here is more than income, it is an identity. That’s why the farmers are preserving their forest as a “Climate Forest”.


"We never used chemicals on our fields. And then Original Beans helped us to pay for the organic certification."

Jorge Bolanos,
Cacao grower in the Mache Chindul Reserve

“I am proud that our conservation and cacao project is now a showcase for other communities, even beyond the Mache Chindul Reserve.”

Jose Castillo









Esmeraldas 42%

Notes of caramel and hazelnut with Fleur de Sel resonate throughout this rare Arriba cacao. The taste floats down from Ecuador’s last Pacific cloudforest, where silky tree frogs bask in the humid breeze.