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FAQ

FAQ

Where can I buy D’cada?

(Stand 01.03.2021)

At the moment, D’cada is only being distributed in Colombia, Germany and Spain.

We are constantly working at being able to bring our delicious refreshment to other countries.

We update this kind of information regularly in our FAQs. We also invite you to check out our social media accounts to stay up to date about all the D’cada highlights!

Why is D’cada only available in glass bottles?

When we started to distribute our drink in Colombia in 2016, glass was the only material worthy of consideration. That is because glass can be 100% recycled and preserves the unique taste of D’cada better than a plastic bottle would.

In order to reduce our environmental impact in a country without a good recycling system (e.g. in Colombia the recycling rate is of 15%), we created our own return system for the D’cada bottles. As a result, we managed to reach a recycling rate of more than 50% with over 350 clients like grocery stores, cafes, restaurants and hotels in the whole country.

Why is D’cada not produced in Europe?

We are producing in the threshold country Colombia with the intention to support this emerging economy and to have the most social impact possible for its society. In response to our constant commitment to cooperate with more than 750 small farmers in Colombia, we received the honor to be included in the “Business Call to Action” initiative of the United Nations Development Programme.

Besides, our beverages are fairly traded. If you buy your D’cada directly from us there is no intermediary distributor who would benefit themselves in any way. That is because we buy our fruits directly and at fair prices from small farmers. Then, we let them be processed by the same company that bottles the final product. Also, the shipping is organized and supervised by D’cada.

Isn’t it ecologically harmful to import D’cada from Colombia?

Generally, the transport apports only 5% of the CO2 that is being emitted during food production. In other words, much more important than the country of production our food comes form are the ingredients it consists of. D’cada is a 100% organic and local product. More information regarding the issue of CO2 and sustainability in D’cada you can find at www.d-cada.de/co2 .

In which aspect D’cada is a sustainable product?

As of 2021, D’cada is the only certified organic beverage made in Colombia. On site, we are a flagship project that demonstrates to other companies in all branches that it is possible to do business successfully while being socially and environmentally conscious.

We work hand in hand with over 750 families of small farmers, tendency growing. Instead of importing our tropical raw material to Europe as conventional beverage companies do, we keep very intentionally the entire value-creation-chain in Colombia and only export the end product. In this manner, we support the local economy and generate important financial incomes for the country, which then can be reinvested in the local environmental protection for example.

Additionally, we support actively the organic farmers through our D’cada Social Fund. Those farmers then contribute to the preservation of Colombia’s biodiversity as they refrain from using pesticides and chemicals on their land. – Land that is an important biosphere for all kinds of plants and animals!

Where do your organic fruits and panela come from?

All our ingredients are being cultivated regionally in Colombia in order to avoid long transport routes:

  • Our mangos, lulos and guavas come from the department Valle del Cauca.
  • All other fruits are cultivated in Manizales, a town in the coffee region.
  • We buy our organic panela from the region around Bogotá, the capital.

 

Why do you use labels made of plastic?

The labels are made of 2,25g PET. That corresponds to only 5% plastic of a common water bottle (1,5l), and to only 2% of a plastic bottle of Coke. In other words: very little plastic material. Still, we are aware that it is not the ideal option.

Unfortunately, the bottling company in Medellín has not been able to offer us any alternative for the labeling, yet. We are working on it.

What are these trees and animals on the D’cada labels?

With the design of our labels, we want to bring to your attention the biodiversity of Colombia. That is why on each D’cada flavor there are represented three local animals and one local tree.

However, this has a very serious background: Almost each of the depicted flora and fauna are in danger of extinction in Colombia. In D’cada we want to do our bit to raise awareness about this urgent issue.

Additionally, we support actively the organic farmers through our D’cada Social Fund. Those farmers then contribute to the preservation of Colombia’s biodiversity as they refrain from using pesticides and chemicals on their land. – Land, that is an important biosphere for all kinds of plants and animals!

 Get to know the different trees and animals depicted on your D’cada!

Mango - Passion Fruit – Panela

Tree:

Moriche Palm
Latin name: Mauritia flexuosa
Habitat: northern South America and the Caribbean

Animals:

Hawksbill Turtle
Latin name: Eretymcholys imbricata
Habitat: tropical and subtropical oceans, predominantly in coral reefs. Their breeding grounds are in the Caribbean.
Marine turtles have barely changed in the last 250 years and are the oldest living reptiles in the world.
Critically endangered species (IUCN).

Great Green Macaw
Latin name: Ara ambiguuus
Habitat: tropical rainforests in South and Central America.
The Great Green Macaw can grow up to 85cm. His plumage is mainly of olive-green color, with prominent red feathers on the front.
Endangered species (IUCN).

Varied White-Fronted Capuchin
Latin name: Cebus versicolor
Habitat: in the Río Magdalena Valley of northern Colombia.
In Colombia, there also live the Cesar white-fronted capuchin, the Santa Marta white-fronted capuchin and the Sierra de Perijá white-fronted capuchin.
Endangered species (IUCN).

 

Guava-Orange-Panela:

Tree:


Yellow Ipê
Latin name: Tabeuia chrysantha
Habitat: Central America and northern South America at an altitude up to 1,700m.

 

Animals:

Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth
Latin name: Choloepus hoffmanni
Habitat: South and Central America.
The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was named after the German naturalist Karl Hoffmann. While today’s sloths can gain maximum 10kg, the giant sloths which got extinct around 10,000 years ago could reach up to six tons.
Least concerned species (IUCN).

 

Amazon River Dolphin
Latin name: Inia geoffrensis
Habitat: Amazonas River
Some indigenous groups believe that a drowned person becomes a river dolphin. This reincarnated river dolphin has the ability to transform into a human time to time when they go ashore.
Endangered species (IUCN).

Capybara (Giant Cavy Rodent)
Latin name: Hydrocheorus hydrochaeris
Habitat: the eastern part of the Andes Mountains in South America.
Capybaras live in herds of several adult animals and their young. Those herds can count 6 to 20 individuals.
Does not count as an endangered species (ICUN).

 

Lulo – Panela

Tree:

Espeletia (Frailejónes)
Latin name: Espeletia
Habitat: at high altitude in the Paramo ecosystems of northern South America.

Animals

Dusky or Glittering Starfrontlet
Latin name: Coeligena orina
Habitat: in the Department of Antioquia, Colombia between 3,100 and 3,500m above sea level.
This hummingbird species was thought to be extinct but was rediscovered in 2004. Today, less than about 250 specimens remain.
Endangered species (IUCN).

Jaguar
Latin name: Panthera onca
Habitat: South and Central America
Jaguars are loners who defend a territory of minimum 25km². There are reports of territories as big as 800km² thanks to transmitter collars.
Near threatened species.

Spectacled Bear or Andean Bear
Latin name: Tremarctos ornatus
Habitat: in the tropical parts of the Andes, mainly Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú and Bolivia.
It is the only remaining bear native to South America.
Vulnerable species (IUCN).

Is D’cada a juice?

D’cada is an organic refreshment with 13-15% of its content in fruit and 4% in panela. So, should you ever hear us talking about “juice”, it is because in Colombia all beverages of this category are generally referred to as juguitos, which means something like “small juice”.

Concluding: D’cada is not a juice but an organic, tropical refreshment!

Is Colombia dangerous?

Colombia is a threshold country in the northern part of South America with an emerging economy. Until the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, the annual growth of the touristic sector has been above 10% for several years.

The country has passed through several decades of an armed conflict between the governemnt, guerillas and drug cartels. The consequences of this difficult past are still noticeable today. Especially the rural population keeps suffering under the presence of armed groups.

Despite this, Colombia is a beautiful country with kind, hard working people who are always willing to help. Colombia offers an outstanding cultural, social, and natural diversity. The younger generations of Colombians are determined to work hand in hand for a future in solidarity that is more peaceful and sustainable. We in D’cada are proud and happy for the opportunity to be part of this movement.

What is panela?

Panela is a traditional Latin American food that is made of sugar cane. The orginis of panela go more than 500 years back in the past. In English, panela is referred to as unrefined or raw cane sugar. We consider this to be misleading because, in contrast to the process of “normal” brown or white sugar, during the production of panela, the juice of the sugar cane is gently reduced by boiling during several hours without adding any chemicals.

In Colombia, panela can be bought in every supermarket as a block or in powder. In D’cada we exclusively use the finest organic panela produced from organic sugar cane.

Typically, panela is used as a natural sweetener in coffee, for baking … or in refreshments. 😊

Why is the D’cada tainted of a slightly brown color?

The sugar cane juice of which panela is made naturally has a brown color. That also gives the D’cada its characteristic and unique color.

Why is there a sediment of fruit pulp in the bottle?

Due to natural separation processes it is completely normal that the fruit pulp would build a sediment on the bottom of the bottle after some time. That is no indicator for quality nor a reason for concern. On the contrary: the sediment contains all important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Before consumption, simply shake well and the D’cada will taste delicious.

FIY: while other beverage producers use chemical or natural additives to prevent the sedimentation (e.g., E410), we intentionally refrain from doing so because in a D’cada only the best ingredients are allowed.

What does the name D’cada stand for?

In Spanish, a década is a decade. D’cada is change, the beginning of a new era in the beverage sector of Colombia. D’cada is the first certified organic beverage that also sets new standards regarding sustainability, solidarity, and design. – A new decade has begone.

Likewise, D’cada can also stand for de cada, which means “for everyone / for each”, because D’cada is the perfect beverage for every day, made of the best organic fruits from each of our farmers.

Why is D’cada not a soft drink?

Intentionally we made D’cada a beverage that is easily digestible. – A non-carbonated, organic refreshment. However, we keep the option open to maybe create a fizzy D’cada someday…