Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Where does the cacao INKA HERITAGE single origen come from?

The cacao comes from highly biodiverse regions in South America, Cuzco. At the ground, we cooperate closely and trade directly with the cacao farmers. The organic cacao grows in the rainforest semi-wild as mixed crops. To highlight the special taste of the fine flavour cacao, we only produce single origin products.

Are there any additives in the cacao nibs ?

As we want to bring out the natural aroma of unique cacao bean varieties,  cacao nibs are free from additives such as emulsifiers (like lecithin), foreign fats (like palm oil), industrial sugar or aromas (like vanillin). Besides the fact that additives like soy lecithin and palm oil gloss over the beans´natural taste, they are also against our philosophy of conserving the rainforest – because they are often the cause for deforestation in the first place.

Are inka heritage products beans organic ?

Unlike common hybrid cacaos,  our beans they all are cultivated as mixed crops in semi-wild cacao gardens directly in the rainforest. This sustainable way of cultivation is possible because cacao naturally flourishes in the shadow of other trees. Furthermore, a diverse flora also enriches the forest terroir; its aroma is reflected in the cacao beans.

Are inka heritage cacao and coffee beans fair-trade?

Our chocolates do not carry the Fairtrade logo because it does not fit 100 percent with our philosophy and quality standards. As a trendsetting and responsible company, Original Beans does not want to outsource important controlling tasks – with respect to fair trade, farmer trainings and reforestation – to third parties. INKA HERITAGE  Beans’ cacao and coffe is produced in long-term with small farmer and they gain knowledge about the fragile ecology they live in during their work in the nurseries. Once big enough, the new trees are planted in the midst of the rainforest and provide both food and a source of income for the farmers – all without chopping down precious forest.

A biodiversity hotspot is a biogeographic region with significant levels of biodiversity that is threatened with destruction. The term was coined and is designated by one of the largest nature conservation organisations worldwide, Conservation International. It is similar and overlaps with similar priority maps defined by WWF and IUCN.

Is child labour involved in the cacao harvesting?

The following answer is just a short summary. To go all the way on the important question on child labour, we formally monitor it on each personal visit of our team members.Since we source directly from farmer  we are closely involved, we intimately know their realities and can say with absolute confidence that INKAS HERITAGE beans  are 100 percent free from child labour. But what exactly does 100% child labour free mean?

According to the ILO, “The term ‘child labour’ is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.” It further says: “Not all work done by children should be classified as child labour that is to be targeted for elimination. Children’s or adolescents’ participation in work that does not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling, is generally regarded as being something positive.” (http://www.ilo.org/ipec/facts/lang–en/index.htm (29.12.2015))

Child labour in cacao and coffe  harvesting mostly takes place in West Africa, where more than 70% of all cacao comes from (http://www.laborrights.org/industries/cocoa (29.12.2015) In the anonymous, untraceable and cheap-labour situation of the large-scale cocoa industry, even child slavery has been well documented (see The Dark Side of Chocolate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vfbv6hNeng)

In contrast, the circumstance of families and their children in INKA HERITAGE cacao and coffee farming and harvester communities are more comparable to the situation in European agriculture one or two generations ago, when children participated in farming to help their parents – to an extent that did not affect their health and personal development.

We want to empower the cacao and coffee  farmers  by providing skill  fair payment. Thereby, we enable them to send their kids to school and open up new possibilities for their future.

I offer marketing services. How can I get in touch

We are always looking for new ways that we can let more people know about our products. If you do have an idea of how we can do this better, feel free to get in touch with  inkaheritagesocialmedia@gmail.com

However, please note that due to the large number of enquiries we receive, it may take us a week or so to respond

Improved livelihood for farmin families through sustainable coffee and cacao growing

Most farmers we work with come from subsistence farming and may not exclusively farm cacao or coffe, but earn additional incomes by growing and selling some  mango, sugar cane,azafran hard wood or banana. Sometimes, they also sell some of their cacao to others. cacao farming families who earn additional incomes beyond inka heritage beans.

How will I know that you´ve sent my products?

We’ll send you an order confirmation email once your order and payment has been

Received. We’ll then send you a second email confirming completion and shipment of your order. If, for some reason, you have a problem receiving these emails, please contact us straight away at   info@inkaheritage.com

Does INKA HERITAGE ship internationally?

Yes, INKA HERITAGE ships products internationally. Please ask our  shipping costs  info@inkaheritage.com

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