Now Askinosie has manufactured its first product solely for the benefit of others, in this case, the students of Malagos Elementary School in Davao, Philippines, one of the regions from which Askinosie sources its beans: Tableya, a hot chocolate drink.
Unlike Askinosie's other hot-chocolate products, which are powders, Tableya is made from cocoa beans that have been roasted and ground and pressed into tablets that dissolve in hot water. Also unlike Askinosie's other products, it's made and packaged in Davao, by the Parent Teachers Association at Malagos School, and shipped to Askinosie's Springfield factory with the beans. All profits from Tableya will go toward establishing a school hot-lunch program.
Lunch, alas, does not consist of chocolate. Instead it's a fortified soy rice meal, prepared daily by members of the PTA.
As for the Tableya itself, Askinosie educator and spokeswoman Mallory Roth describes it as "very thin, not thick like hot chocolate. It's very refreshing. It's equal parts cocoa solids and cocoa butter, which gives it a nice mouthfeel. The beans have notes of vanilla, browning sugar, toasted almonds and a subtle floral character."
Tableya is currently available on Askinosie's website and also at the company's factory storefront, should you ever find yourself in Springfield. Roth says it's available to wholesalers, too, but there will be no wholesaler discount because all the money will be going to the school.