Cocktail fiends will be pleased to know that there is an ethical alternative to the traditional mixer of cola used in a Cuba Libre – Karma Cola to be precise.
The New Zealand product sources organic kola nuts from farmers in the village of Boma in Sierra Leone. Native to the tropical forests of West Africa, kola belongs to the same family as cacao and still grows wild in Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.
The Karma Cola Co have been working closely with communities in Sierra Leone ever since 2012, with a percentage from every drink sold being donated to kola nut producers in the country.
While cola is the second most popular drink after water in the world, it’s sourcing has been the subject of much criticism. The documentary, He Who Brings Cola, shows how New Zealand-based brand Karma Cola is turning this around, changing lives in war torn Sierra Leone. You can view the documentary below.
Kola nut was said to be one of the ingredients alongside extracts of coca leaf in the original recipe for Coca-Cola.
Unlike Coca-Cola, which protects its “secret recipe” formulation, Karma Cola publishes all the ingredients in its version, which contains vanilla, roast barley malt, coriander, nutmeg and lime essence, alongside a range of other Fairtrade and organic flavours.
Karma Cola Co pride themselves on sourcing and producing beverages that are good for the land, good for growers and good for the people who drink them.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea