noun - pəˈnālə
• An unrefined sugar product typical of Central and South America, which is obtained from the evaporation of sugarcane.
The REAL Raw Sugar
The way cane sugar is supposed to be, Just Panela cane sugar is hand cut, hand kettled, hand crafted. That means no industrial collection or processing. Just Panela cane sugar retains the natural characteristics, knows as “terroir” (pronounced; ‘ter-war’). This means a product of nature retains its taste from the soil, climate, and region from whence it came. When white, turbinado, and brown sugars are centrifugally refined the good is thrown out with the bad. That includes the naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Nutritive, Raw, and Organic
Unlike commercially refined sugars, panela doesn’t undergo the heavily mechanized process that strips away the natural matter from the cane. As a result, it retains the vitamins and minerals inherent to the cane plant itself, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E. Additionally, panela’s more complex carbohydrates break down slower in your bloodstream, providing sustained energy release preferable for diabetics and athletes.
A Premium Alternative on the Condiment Counter
We currently work with a USDA Certified Organic farm in the Valle de Cuaca department, to bring real raw, unrefined, nutritious cane sugar to consumers in a variety of settings. Bulk customers include coffee roasters, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and food manufacturers. Just Panela has 1 lb kraft bags placed in retailers nationwide.
Taste and Texture
When sampling panela, one can immediately recognize the difference in taste and texture from other sugars like turbinado and brown sugar. Used in coffee and tea, panela acts as a sweetener that naturally complements the flavor and minerality of the coffee bean or tea leaf. In baked goods and other food, it enhances the flavor profile, adding hints of caramel, molasses, raisin, and spice. Panela’s ability to compliment quality tea and coffee while adding a subtle yet distinct flavor profile to foods, makes it a welcome alternative for consumers in premium cafes, bakeries and homes.