Original Beans – Femmes de Virunga 55% Milk

By Original Beans

(9 customer reviews)


A creamy dark milk bar with notes of cappuccino and roasted nuts, this creation from the women of the Virunga National Park delights and inspires in equal measure.

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This very dark milk chocolate bar is wonderfully creamy and smooth, with heights of cappuccino and roasted nuts gently rising as it melts on your tongue. It’s sure to be a delight for all those who love their chocolate and their coffee.


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.


In 2008, Original Beans kicked off a partnership with a few hundred women to grow cocoa and achieve a direct trade price premium. These women, and their bars, are known as the Femmes de Virunga. They have planted more than a quarter of a million cacao trees and approximately forty thousand shade trees. And in late 2016, these women founded one of the world’s first female cacao cooperatives. Their bars, made from the rare Amelonado cacao, are a triple-delight: delicious chocolate, empowering women, and protecting the Virunga, home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

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Weight 70 g
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Single Bar £3.95, Carton of 13 £51.35

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9 reviews for Original Beans – Femmes de Virunga 55% Milk

  1. Chris E.

    Delicious, rich and deep flavour. I didn’t like the slightly fruity end taste but others may prefer this. Extremely environmentally friendly packaging and great company ethos: plants a tree per bar sold and supports local women.

  2. Bronwen P.

    Totally delicious. Milk chocolate with depth and character.

  3. Rebecca G.

    I loved this dark milk, it’s very smooth and creamy, slightly caramel-ish to me, and hard to resist ‘just one more piece’ – ate it in one day.

  4. Harriet O.

    Absolutely delicious dark milk chocolate. Will make this a regular.

  5. Richa J.

    Did not get on with this one – to the extent that found it hard to even finish the bar. No distinct flavour for me.

  6. Maris O.

    very creamy and smooth. great taste

  7. jane H.

    Very complex favour, amazing smoothness – absolutely delicious and a pleasure to support a company with such strong ethics.

  8. Jonathan S.

    Incredible tasting chocolate, really stands apart from others. Exceptional ethical values makes this a must have chocolate from a highly reputable company.

  9. Dina A.

    As sweet and creamy as a frothy latte, but with a cherry edge to prevent it from being sickly, this is certainly one of the best milk chocolates I’ve ever tried. The notes of hazelnuts, toffee, milk and raisins along with the more prominent and lingering cherry and coffee make this a delightful milk chocolate to nibble on.

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Maker description

As fanatical about conservation as they are about chocolate, Original Beans plant a tree in the rainforest for every single bar you buy. Read more about Original Beans

Energy2452kJ / 586kcal
of which
- saturates26g
of which
- sugars35g
Peanuts (traces), milk, nuts (traces)
Cacao mass, raw cane sugar, cacao butter, whole milk powder