Alyssa Jade McDonald
Alyssa Jade McDonald-Baertl is the founding MD of BLYSS GmbH. The name BLYSS comes from the English word „bliss“, which literally describes a state of profound happiness and joy. Alyssa Jade felt the fusion of bliss and her own name, Lyss, was a commitment to bringing joy into the world via a consciously-indulgent gourmet experience and evolving business methods to bring communities forward together, from addressing diabetes in the Gulf to standards of living in South America.
After years of corporate life which had shattered her health, Lyss began looking for the best solutions for her stomach, environment, and community. She completed the Ironman world championships and threw a handful of naked cacao beans into the ocean off Kona and promised freedom to chocolate. In awe of the intense properties of cacao, she was determined to bring chocolate back to being the food of gods, and find a way to protect it. Three years of research and trial and error sessions in the kitchen eventually led to the science of turning cacao into high quality chocolate through the virgin process.
She then lived in Ecuador for a year to learn directly from generations of cacao experts from the Andean peaks to the dense Amazon. Facing guns and snakes, she befriended shamans and elders who shared their secrets of how to love the earth, while benefiting from her fruits, and sharing the bounty. BLYSS single bean virgin chocolate evolved from these years of learning. With the whole world to choose from, she based the business in Germany and works with a skilled and inspired team from around the world, all working together to bring the BLYSS visions to life.
Today, specifically through Geo-politcal activities, and campaigning global food sovereignty, Lyss addresses diabetes in the middle east, and QoL in Ecuador, while bringing to market a gorgeous series of single bean virgin chocolate experiences from things to nibble, teas to drink and a body series to indulge in. The cacao products are the proof point, a Trojan horse, for the bigger picture of influencing, through molecular nutritional integrity, a better world.
You'll find her between the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. Always a girl who remembers her childhood in a tiny village in Australia called the Sunshine Coast, it's the waves that brings her a feeling of 'home'.