our roots are in agriculture.
Mikuna was founded by fifth generation Ecuadorian farmer and former professional athlete, Ricky Echanique. At the onset of his athletic career, Ricky faced health and digestion issues, which set him on a new path: to find a better form of plant-based nutrition. This journey led him back home to Ecuador where he found Chocho, the “Andean super bean.”
Ricky’s family heritage and our personal relationships allow us to cut out the middleman and empower our farmers with education, fair trade, and a microloan program to help take their income from cents to dollars—because to us, the local impact is as important as the global one.