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Chocolate Spotlight: ChocXO Bean to Bar Chocolatier – Guantupí



Chocxo Bean to Bar Chocolatier is the brainchild of Richard Foley, a third generation chocolate guy. Richard literally bleeds chocolate. For the past 30 years, Richard has immersed himself in the chocolate industry. From distribution to manufacturing, he's done it all.

Through his vast experience, he's created a simple formula--the very best ingredients combined with the very best processes creates extraordinary chocolate.

We start with fine flavor cacao beans from Central and South America, not bulk Forastero beans.  We believe in the quality of the bean above all else.  We process them using the latest technology and highest quality raw materials in our Irvine Factory, resulting in a chocolate like no other.

From this incredible liquid chocolate, we create our chocolate bars, our filled chocolates, chocolate bark, and other chocolate specialties.  Visit one of our locations, our factory, or shop online (coming soon!) to taste this extraordinary chocolate.



Company: ChocXO
Brand: ChocXO
Origin: Ecuador / USA
Category: Dark Chocolate
Packaging: 20 pieces (120g | 4.2oz)
Claims: extraordinary chocolates
Variants: View Range Here
Price: $13.95
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Locations
Website: www.chocxo.com





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Snack Spotlight: Batery Bolt Coffee & Chocolate Granola Bar



The new BOLT flavor combines CHOCOLATE (70% CACAO), a sensuous, silky, processed chocolate variety extracted directly from the heart of the Amazon Rainforest; and HIGH-ALTITUDE COFFEE, an exquisite variety of coffee, grown at the highest altitude possible, whose beans ripen very slowly, which allows the flavor to concentrate in the finest way.










About the Company
We are a young company with innovative ideas in the field of natural and energizing food. By continuously researching, we develop new products to meet the needs of our consumers.

“Less Means More”

We develop our formulas abiding by this principle, “Less Means More”. We use a simple list of ingredients which conserve their natural features and provide with important nutritional and energizing benefits. In this way, our consumers will benefit from the natural properties and flavors we offer in our products.




Company: Batery
Brand: Batery
Origin: Ecuador
Category: Bars
Packaging: 35g (box of 6)
Claims: 100% Natural
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: batery.com.ec








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Snack Review: Kiwa Native Andean Potato Chips Mix


At over 3,200 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level in the highlands of Ecuador, small farmers harvest varieties of Native Andean Potatoes that were preserved for centuries and that are a good source of iron and Vitamin C.  Additionally Native Andean Potatoes have a high content of antioxidants which provide the outstanding natural colors. Kiwa re-discovered this treasure and converted it into a delicious snack that could be enjoyed at any time of the day. Enjoy the taste of the Andes.


Native Andean Potatoes (yana shungo & puca shungo), non hydrogenated palm oil, salt




Company: Kiwa
Brand: Kiwa
Origin: Ecuador
Category: Snacks
Packaging: 130g
Claims: All Natural, Antioxidants
Variants: Andean Potato Chips, Vegetable Chips, Golden Plantain Chips, Beetroot Chips, Parsnip Chips, Mini Plantain Chips
Price: $64.90 (per box)
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: kiwalife.com





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Product Spotlight: Quina Fina Tonic Water


Quina Fina New Zealand tonic water uses authentic Quina bark (the natural source of quinine), lower sugar and organic lemon. Quina Fina is the brainchild of Wellingtonian Alex Gledhill. He spotted a gap in the tonic market and then in pursuit of authenticity, travelled to Ecuador to locate the bark of the cinchona tree. Topped off with Nelson spring water and organic lemon.

Their Story

Quina Fina is the result of an inspired idea to make Tonic Water the best way possible; encapsulating provenance, history and ingredient.

Tonic water has a long and rich history that began in the cloud forests of Loja Province, Ecuador. Here in 1630, Jesuit Monks were the first to use the bark of the Cinchona tree, and it’s naturally occurring Quinine to treat fever, and later - malaria. This ignited centuries of trade that was defined by religion, conflict, colonialism, politics and deforestation.

Most famously, Cinchona seedlings were exported to British Colonial India where the ‘Gin & Tonic’ was born - A daily ration of Gin, Quinine Extract, Lemon Juice, Cane Sugar and Soda Water. Years later this is still one of the world’s most popular mixed drinks.

Our story began in 2009 after a chance visit to Loja, Ecuador. Quina Fina embraced a locally supported opportunity to grow Cinchona for our tonic water, contribute to natural research and begin a re-population program – right here, where it’s history began nearly 400 years ago.


Company: Quina Fina
Brand: Quina Fina
Origin: New Zealand
Category: Tonic Water
Packaging: 250ml Bottle (4 pack)
Claims: Natural
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: List of Stores
Website:  quinafina.com






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Product Spotlight: Toni Digest Yogurt

Toni from Ecuador has launched a line of Digestive Yogurt products. Currently there are 2 flavors offered, Prune and Peach Papaya. Toni Digest features Fiber and Calcium to aid in bettering your digestive function.

Low-fat milk, sugar, papaya pulp, pulp of peach, bioactivator Vis-Start TW 60, (glucose) corn syrup, milk protein concentrate (Wey protein isolate), dietary fiber, wheat, oat bran, lactobacillus GG, Streptococcus thermophilus, lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium species, lactobacillus bulgarico, stabilizing calcium (trucal), pectin, artificial flavor to durazno-papaya.


Company: Toni
Brand: Toni
Slogan: Feel Light and Relieved
Category: Dairy
Origin: Ecuador
Claims: Digestive
Packaging: Bottle
Variants: Prune, Papaya Peach
Website: tonisa.com


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Product Spotlight: Runa Guayusa Tea Drinks

Runa is a line of functional beverages that use Guayusa tea as their main ingredient.  Guayusa is a native Amazonian tree leaf that has been brewed like tea for thousands of years by indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Guayusa Tea offers a clear, focused energy by balancing as much caffeine as one cup of coffee with twice the antioxidants of green tea.

Runa currently offers four flavor varieties for their Guayusa based drinks.  The ingredients are all natural and centered around fresh brewed organic guayusa.  Other ingredients include organic cane sugar for sweetness and for flavor:  organic spearmint, lemongrass extract and organic hibiscus flowers.

The Guayusa leaves are purchased from Indigenous Amazonian farmers in Ecuador.  While Guayusa leaves are widely consumed throughout the Indigenous communities, Runa has given these farmers access to the international market in a way that previously was not possible.  This partnership has created social benefits far beyond simple buying and selling of tea leaves.  Runa is investing in community development projects and by helping plant over 150,000 trees every year.

Guayusa Benefits:
Guayusa contains the same amount of the world’s most prized stimulant, caffeine, as one cup of coffee. However, guayusa also has other stimulating compounds- theophylline and theobromine that combined create a balanced energy effect without any jitters, crash, or jolted buzz. Theophylline is a clarifying and uplifting compound also found in green tea. Theobromine is the stimulant found in dark chocolate that offers that pleasant whole body feeling many are familiar with.

Runa is truly a unique story that is easy to fall in love with.  Some products are simply made from a mix of ingredients that are put in a package with a label and set on a shelf.  Runa, however, has a deep story behind the origins of the product that goes far beyond simply selling a natural energy drink.  The founders decided that not only would they use Guayusa to develop a natural energy drink but that they would help entire communities of Ecuadorian farmers in the process.  This impact cannot be measured only by the number of Guayusa leaves purchased, trees planted and financial investment in the communities.  The benefits extend far beyond that.  There is a delicate balancing act that will need to be played out as Runa ramps up production and more Guayusa leaves are consumed than may be available.  Increased volume will certainly have repercussions througout these Indigenous communities and Runa will need to work closely with these groups to understand the long term effects.

You would be hard pressed to find a more natural energy drink product on the market with such a unique story.


Company: Runa
Brand:  Runa
Category: Tea Drinks
Location: USA
Packaging: 14oz bottle
Claims: Certified Organic, Natural, Low Calorie
Focused Energy
Flavor Varieties
Traditional, Mint, Hibiscus-Berry, Lemon-Lemongrass





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Have You Ever Tried Guayusa?

You may have heard of mate (pronounced mah-tay, and not to be confused with all the 'mate we've had around), the herbal tea that's ubiquitous in South America. Herbal tea drinkers like it for its super-healthy (so the claims go) antioxidants and polyphenols, and when it's brewed right, it's a great herbal tea: rich and grassy with a nice natural sweetness.

The problem is that unless you brew it just right, yerba mate turns horribly, disgustingly bitter. And it's plenty easy to brew very wrong.

I tried, mate. I got the traditional brewing gourd. I sucked hot, poorly filtered tea through a scorching metal bombilla. I followed all the methodical, idiosyncratic brewing instructions. And I'm sorry, but you still tasted irreparably bitter. We're done. I have guayusa now.

Guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-suh) is only starting to make inroads into the U.S., but it's hardly new. It's been drunk in the Amazon for thousands of years, and it's still essential to the daily traditions of many Ecuadorians today. It's a drink historically brewed in the early morning hours, around 4 AM, as a family starts their day—a sort of communal pick-me-up not unlike coffee here.

The flavor is similar to mate, but with a more plush, fruity flavor and a complete lack of bitterness. Tasting invites comparison to green tea, but the flavor is less tannic and the texture is more creamy (much more so than other herbal teas I've tried). Unlike green tea, drinking it on an empty stomach won't give you a stomach ache. And just as important, it's nearly impossible to overbrew, and leaves can be resteeped half a dozen times before their flavor starts to wane.

Full Article @ SE

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