FROM BEAN TO JAR
The story of the "Female Balance Elixir"...
I originally created this drink 6 years ago when I had my own restaurant within a sports facility and found out that a lot of women training there had issues with their menstruation or didn’t have it at all. This was alarming but also made me look at my own (irregular) cycle and question / change my diet and training routine step by step over a period of 2 years.
Swapping coffee for my elixir, especially in the second half of my cycle (right after ovulation) has helped me personally to support and heal my adrenals and get my period back regularly. Of course its not just one thing that can magically heal you but its all the connected dots that will lead you over and over again to nutrition. I have been teaching my “Female Balance Workshop Series” over the past years and focused on an online platform in 2020 which opened a whole new door to so many more women worldwide who participated and shared their stories. I gained a lot of insights and knowledge around this topic through these conversations and my own experience therefore I wanted to create a product and tool that can help and support you individually as well as connect other women who struggle with the same / similar issues to exchange, educate and help / support each other.
How the drink became a product...
In March 2020 my partner and me visited San Sebastian in Spain and ended up in a little epicerie where I came across this incredible chocolate brand KAITXO. The packaging and the varieties they sold were unique and intriguing. I tried a few samples and decided to buy the “vegan white chocolate masala chai” bar which was simply incredibly and surprising given the fact it was vegan and made out of cashew milk.
Meanwhile I continued my small elixir production but it soon became bigger than intended and I needed help. I ended up calling the owner and founder Raquel Gonzalez, a professional chocolatier and taste tester and the master mind behind KAITXO and we immediately connected. The rest is history...
It took me another 6 months of many visits, emails and phone calls to set up a production space in their chocolate factory in Spain so I could produce my elixir with her chocolate. Raquel is now producing a 100% Tanzania chocolate from bean to bar exclusively for the Elixir as the flavor profile fits perfectly with the spices and overall usage of the drink.
The main difference of this elixir compared to other "superfood powders" is its unique blend of 100% chocolate paste, coconut sugar, adaptogens, medicinal mushrooms and a selection of spices that support your digestion and blood sugar regulation. It's main purpose is not only to taste good but to nourish and ground your body when you need it most. It's meant to be enjoyed as part of a self care ritual or as a reminder that you need to take things slow and care of yourself.
Chocolate Bean to Bar and specialty coffee
At the end of 2017, Mikel and Rakel González opened the chocolate company Kaitxo - a family business located in Las Enkartaciones (Bizkaia, Spain) and dedicated their work to the production of Bean to Bar chocolates and specialty coffees. Its products have deserved the most
distinguished recognitions in the sector like; the caramelised pistachio tablet that received in Florence the world gold in the category of white flavoured chocolates of the International Chocolate Awards.
KAMILI KAKAO, the chocolate variety we use for the 100% cacao liquor (=cacao paste or mass) is from Tanzania, from the Kamili cooperative, in the Kilombero Valley, close to the city of Morogoro. It’s not only fair traded (one pioneer coop. in Tanzania where they collect cacao from around 2000 farmers fairly payed and process it in the cooperative with a good protocols) but the cacao itself is a trinitario kind, a mix of amelonado and criollo with what is called a "new nacional". The taste reminds you of an exotic berry, it’s fruity and has some woody notes.
Overall one of the best 100% chocolates we have ever tried and so incredibly happy and proud to work with this high quality product & company on our FEMALE BALANCE ELIXIR!