Original Beans – Beni Wild Harvest 66% Dark
This smooth dark bar made from wild Bolivian beans enjoys tropical highs of honey, apricot, and orange. Swiss chocolate doesn’t get better than this.
This delicately sweet dark chocolate is made from exceptionally rare wild cocoa beans found on a handful of cocoa islands (“chocolatales”) within the Amazon basin. These beautiful beans are about half the size of regular cocoa beans but are full of tropical flavours, with highs of floral honey, apricot, and orange. Grown in Bolivia and crafted in Switzerland, this unique bar is one we think everyone will enjoy.
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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.
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Single Bar £5.95, Carton of 13 £77.35
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37 reviews for Original Beans – Beni Wild Harvest 66% Dark
July 16, 2021
Absolutely gorgeous - and I almost missed it, thinking 70% was the minimum.
July 13, 2021
Updated review: when paired with "Dear Green" coffee roasters EA Hulia, Colombia Decaf the citrus flavours of this bar came alive! I now feel my previous review was harsh, so please take it with a grain of salt!
June 4, 2021
A thin bar with a quick, smooth melt. I tasted apricot, pungent floral and some faint tropical fruits. The dominant flavour depends on what other chocolate I pair this with. I think this is improved with a cup of coffee. An okay bar but just not to my liking. I wouldn't dissuade something from purchasing this however, I think Bare Bones' Guatemala bar would be a better option(when I tried it, it was very similar but with a more distinct flavour "wave" and less pungent floral).
May 7, 2021
I am new to craft chocolate. I think this one is exquisite - I’ve got a couple of other people to try it, and they were immediately converted. Highly recommended.
April 10, 2021
Exquisite texture, aroma and flavour. Melts pleasingly with smooth tropical flavours. Highly recommended.
July 16, 2020
Very subtle, smooth and milky Not too sweet but you have to concentrate and go looking for the apricot fruit
April 30, 2020
Very smooth and fruity dark chocolate, I prefer something a bit more bitter - this has a lingering sweetness that is slightly too much for me. But lovely texture.
July 23, 2018
A perfectly balanced, deliciously flavoured chocolate. I normally prefer chocolate with a 75% plus cocoa content but I make an exception for this excellent bar.
October 1, 2016
I have never had the pleasure/ignominy (delete as appropriate) of sleeping in a bed made up with silk sheets. My opinion of this bar is that it must be like sliding between silk sheets after a long day at work with a crushing hangover. I therefore recommend.
August 7, 2016
Smooth, fruity, slightly astringent
June 9, 2016
Heavy citrus notes, slightly burnt. The wife and I were both big fans of this one. Our first bar from this service, definitely a winner.
April 23, 2016
my favorite bar from my last box, great texture and taste. subtly sweet and floral.
April 23, 2016
Loved this bar - perfectly balanced. Delicious!
March 25, 2016
It has nice aroma. The flavour is sweet but still packs some flavour for a 66%. It has a smooth texture. Not bad, but for me it is a little too sweet.
March 11, 2016
This is the first bar that I have tasted from your club. It was amazing! I was expecting something rather bitter but the taste was so smooth & palatable. Wow!
February 20, 2016
My ratings are simply based on enjoyment, which is why they're probably going to hoover around the 4/5 (reflecting the quality level Cocoa Runners set their bar at). This Swiss beauty is expertly made: very finely tempered to give a good crisp snap and long slow melt. Luxurious smoothness with very elegant flavours. Crunchy red berries and blanched nut flavours mingle, lifted by a well balanced sweetness. Top quality stuff.
February 10, 2016
Delicious and smooth, velvety and creamy. Slightly fruity but not overwhelming. Absolutely lovely.
November 23, 2015
glossy chocolate with a lovely crisp snap, fruity citrus notes, intensity of dark chocolate without the bitterness
July 2, 2015
Very fruity bar with a mellow and slightly nutty finish. Nice smooth texture but a bit too sweet for me.
December 21, 2014
No need to look far for exotic adjectives here. This for me is just the quintessence of dark chocolate, with a great texture to boot. A new favourite.
Zi Seng L.
December 9, 2014
This smooth and fruity chocolate is my favourite in the box. Can't wait for my next box :)
October 22, 2014
Great texture and beautiful smooth taste, strong and dark. I don't eat lots of chocolate but this would make me... delish.
October 14, 2014
This is the smoothest bar I've had. It feels like chocolate milk when it has melted, it's soooo smooth. The taste starts out very fruity and slightly acidic. As it melts further, a nutty components sneaks in, and at the end a sweetness surfaces, which lingers. The sweetness lingers a little too long, in my opinion. And it's a bit too sweet. But overall, the fruit and nut is delicious, as is the initial sweetness.
October 7, 2014
In the mouth of a 72% cocoa solids snob (me) this bar actually fared rather well. Its initial scent has faint echoes of 'wine' and its snap means business. The between-the-molars crunch is fantastic with no graininess or premature softening. Its melt is completely creamy. The foretaste is mango (ish..very light) with a bit of prune. The after-flavour is roasted hazelnut, according to my palate. I kept waiting for it to morph into a full bodied cacao machine, but at 66% it didn't happen. So what? We all need a bit of a caress from time to time. The honey sweetness that remains after eating, I could do without to quite the extent this bar delivers but hey! I 'm well aware of the demands my tongue makes of me on the sweet v bitter debate, and would definitely occasionally override those demands to eat another bar of this. Rated as a stand alone taste, this would get a four star. However, in direct comparison with a bigger hitter on the cacao front, it would end up with a three from me. I'd take this bar on a long, boring train journey in the rain, when the buffet car is closed and all you need is some lurve.
June 17, 2014
Loved this. Deliciously smooth and with a lovely balance of sweet fruit and citrus.
June 6, 2014
Good old "Original Beans" - smooth, delicate taste...a touch sweet at the end, but I can certainly live with that when the mood takes me. Enjoyable and, I am told, with good sustainability credentials. Very positive experience when I met some of their staff at the Southbank chocolate festivals...
May 5, 2014
This is lovely. A really silky texture, citrusy sweet and smooth.
May 1, 2014
Even though, i don't like dark chocolate, this one isn't too bad . I quite like the texture and its good with a cup of coffee
March 5, 2014
Love this one. So silky and citrusy.
February 14, 2014
This is a good dark chocolate with strong honey flavours but perhaps too flavoured for me and not enough chocolates. Very smooth but it doesn't really leave me wanting more.
February 13, 2014
Phenomenal snap, just the sound can make the mouth water. Definitely fruity and smooth but one star deducted for the slight bitter aftertaste.
February 9, 2014
This was a lovely dark bar of chocolate, with great snap and lovely smooth and intense chocolate flavour. A very well rounded chocolate bar
January 25, 2014
Both my chocolate eating partner and I absolutely loved this bar! It had complex tastes without cluttering up the palate and combined a little added sweetness with the raw power of the cacao bean to give it lovely overall flavour. Also the snap and shine gave a little bounce of excitement before I had even taken one bite.
January 2, 2014
This was nicely balanced: intense chocolate flavour without too much bitterness.
December 5, 2013
A texture you would expect from the conching kings of chocolate. Melts wonderfully, fruity yes, citrus fruit yes but didn't pick out orange in particular as the card suggests. there is a very subtle honey like sweetness however. I enjoyed this bar but wouldn't buy this one again.
November 25, 2013
This was the first bar I opened from my first subscription box. And in a somewhat shameless attempt to get free chocolate by coercing others to join up, I shared it with some of my colleagues in the office. The bar garnered unanimous praise, everyone who tasted it commented that despite it's high cocoa content it lacked the astringency they expected. Furthermore it's deep rich chocolate flavour lingers nicely on the tongue with floral honey-like overtones. A truly delicious chocolate, highly recommended by the entire team.
October 22, 2013
This is the last dark bar I tasted in my box collection. I give it four stars for the sheer texture - which is sublime - a very good Melt.
Energy 2297kJ/549kcal Fat 41g of which - saturates 25g Carbohydrates 48g of which - sugars 33g Protein 6g Salt 0.012g
- Peanuts (traces), milk (traces), nuts (traces)
- Cacao mass, raw cane sugar, cacao butter
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