Boulder, CO – November 22, 2021 – Keen One Quinoa began in 2007 as a school project when founder Christopher Algea was attending Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He learned about quinoa while working at popular Boulder restaurant Aji that served South American cuisine. He believed that the protein packed grain could be an affordable, nutritious option over the empty calories of typical dorm food. After graduation, Christopher continued experimenting with quinoa recipes and sold his creations at local farmer’s markets and small retailers. Soon, his quinoa was becoming so popular that Christopher needed to find a new source of par-cooked quinoa. So he headed to Bolivia. On a double decker bus ride to Oruro, the heart of the Altiplano, Christopher met his quinoa match: a direct supplier of Organic Royal quinoa, which remains the primary source of quinoa for the brand to this day.
Today, Keen One Quinoa sells quick cooking Quinoa Cups in a variety of flavors, including: Garden Medley, Chipotle, Jamaican Jerk, Pesto Pasta, Thai Coconut Curry and Harissa Red Pepper. All of their quinoa cups are certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO and are plant based. In 2018 they began selling the healthful alternative to the generic soup cup brands on campus at Colorado State University and saw immediate success. “Since we changed the convenient store point system, Keen One has been moving off the shelf,” says James Stuart, the storeroom manager at CSU’s dining department. “They are holding their ground against the brand name soups. This is a generation that grew up eating quinoa.” Now these cups are selling across the country in many major Universities including Purdue that have seen sales of over 8,000 units sold in a single semester.
Keen One Quinoa sells regionally around Colorado in retailers including Whole Foods, King Soopers, Vitamin Cottage, Safeway and many Independents. Keen One can be found in select specialty stores around the country and in chains including Hy-Vee in the Mid-west. The easiest place to find Keen One Quinoa is through their website www.keenonefoods.com and on Amazon.com. Through the end of the year, Keen One is offering free shipping to all new customers with the promo code SHIPFREE for a perfect stocking stuffer or health conscious gift! Keen One also has organic bulk quinoa in both 10lb. and 4lb. offerings that are great for a pantry essential and offers many unique recipes on their website as well.
About Keen One Foods
Founded in 2007, Keen One Quinoa was created as a healthful alternative to dorm food. Quinoa is nutrient dense option that is high in protein and fiber and contains the only plant-based full protein. As they expand both nationally and online, Keen One Foods continues to promote culinary creativity, use sustainable ingredients, and source fair trade organic quinoa to benefit cooperatives in the Highlands of the Andes Mountains.