Bumbleroot Baobab Drink Mixes
At Bumbleroot, we’ve been building a product we hope you love. It’s a powdered drink mix featuring a new star - the African Superfruit Baobab.
Baobab is a true superstar amongst superfruits. It has ten times more antioxidants than goji berries or acai! It's a great source of dietary fiber. It's a prebiotic - what's that you ask? It's the probiotics cooler cousin. This 'biotic helps grow good bacteria in your gut so that you can better absorb nutrients. And what else? Well, calcium, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium to start!
We spent months (actually two years!) formulating this drink and we think it's pretty amazing. Baobab is just one of its star ingredients, its supporting actors include coconut water, and depending on the flavor - pineapple, vanilla bean, lemongrass, and blueberry.
The drinks are packed in individual pouches and the pocket-sized packaging means it’s also easy to keep on hand — or in a pocket, purse, backpack, briefcase, diaper bag, sports bag, sports bra, passport cover… You get the idea. This also means you are not contributing to the two million plastic bottles thrown out every five minutes in the United States.
And to top it off, we’ve made sure all our ingredients are certified organic - and gluten and dairy free.
In 2010, co-founder Sara Andrews left the corporate world to volunteer with the NGO TechnoServe in Zimbabwe. While there, she came across the baobab fruit which grew in some of the country’s poorest, and most drought-prone areas. Determined to get this superfruit into the hands of consumers in the US and to provide much-needed income to the Baobab harvesters, she worked with chefs to develop Bumbleroot Baobab Drink Mixes.
At Bumbleroot, we've been working to create a company that represents the things we care about: top-notch nutrition, sustainable agriculture, fair prices for farmers, and, of course, scrumptious snacks.
Each day we ask ourselves: Is there a better way to do the things we do? Is there a more nutritious ingredient? Is there packaging available that’s even better for the environment? Are our suppliers being paid fairly?
We’ve been chewing over these questions, and in so doing we’ve realized that there’s a lot of improvements to be made in the way food products are made and food companies are run. We’re not perfect, but we’re working hard to get close. Our goal is to create a company that we can be proud of so that you can, too.
And to further refresh your conscience, Bumbleroot will reinvest a portion of its revenues into food, water, and education projects in its supplying communities so that these amazing people can continue to provide us with excellent products.
Learn more about our story at www.bumblerootfoods.com
Bao-what? The Tree of Life
The baobab tree is known as the "tree of life", and for good reason - it provides shade, and its fruits and leaves are jam-packed with nutrients.
How we'll spend your hard-earned dough
To launch these drinks in the world, we need to scale production and market them. $30,000 will help us purchase ingredients, produce the drinks, package the drinks and provide samples to stores.
Help us reach our goal and be one of the first to receive Bumbleroot's tasty beverages, customized tote bags, water bottles, framed prints, or even a weekend in Colorado!
Get ready to hear "Where did you find that bag?!" That's what you'll hear sporting your Bumbleroot reusable tote.
Get a Bumbleroot branded bamboo water bottle...perfect for everyday use, sports, or any outdoor adventure.
Get an 11X14 limited edition print of a baobab tree in a gorgeous, sustainable beetle-kill wood frame.
The more we raise, the more drinks we can produce, and the more baobab we can purchase from our suppliers!
A note from Bumbleroot Chef/Ironman Matt White:
"I first started using Baobab during training for the Australia Ironman.
Packed with antioxidants that fight the free radical damage that happens from training, baobab also is a complete plant protein - containing all all nine essential amino acids. This is important because amino acids are essential to energy production - which is vital to me when I'm logging in insane amounts of miles in the pool, running, and on my bike.
Along with the antioxidants, and amino acids - the vitamins and minerals loaded in Baobab helped keep me healthy when my immune system was depleted.
I knew we needed to get this to more people, so I helped create a drink that added in other great ingredients - like coconut water and sea salt - that added more electrolytes to those already found in the baobab, and delicious fruit powders that add even more vitamins and antioxidants.
The other thing that was important to me was that we didn't add sugar to these drinks. Too many sports drinks add sugar to their drinks to add calories, but I want the calories I bring in to be from real food, nutrient-packed food - not sugar. So we asked around and found what we think is the healthiest combination of sweeteners available: Monkfruit - a natural sweetener from Asia, and erythritol a fermented sugar alcohol. Both are organic and don't affect blood sugar - which means no sugar crash when I'm racing.
And best of all - the drinks taste great. And I'm not just saying that because I'm the chef!"