Burlap and Barrel Spices!
When you’re cooking and eating simply, the quality of your ingredients matters all the more. Whether you’re highlighting a contrasting flavor or developing a layered and nuanced seasoning, good spices make all the difference. Quality spices can be the easiest way to turn something standard into something special. For these reasons we stock our pantry with an array of spices from Burlap & Barrel.
The global spice trade has been around for thousands of years and Burlap & Barrel was founded in 2016 by Ethan Frisch and Ori Zohar with a mission of offering an alternative to “Big Spice”. How are they doing that? Burlap & Barrel sells single origin spices from farmers around the globe whom they work with personally and bring these products directly to customers. Working directly with the farmers and cutting out all the middlemen means your spices come to you fresher; meaning better, more intense flavor. And quality aside, because they work directly with the farmers they are able to pay them more for their crops, and in turn even sell them to customers at more reasonable prices. There are a few other small companies doing this kind of work, but the market is still dominated by the likes of McCormick.
Frisch and Zohar have done the footwork and it shows. They travel the globe and work intimately with their farmer partners. The founders sought out farmers who were just as passionate and dedicated to a great product, even if it means more work. The relationships they build with these farmers in turn can have a positive effect on their larger communities, demonstrating to others what they deserve for their work.
Whether it’s Ea Sar Black Pepper from Vietnam freshly ground on steak, or sweet warm Cardamom from Guatemala in your baked goods Burlap & Barrel spices are sure to be a welcome addition to your home. A well stocked spice rack is a sure way to be only a pinch or shake away from something absolutely delicious.
(Pictured above is our Chef Collective Burrata sprinkled with Black Urfa Chili and drizzled with Grove and Vine Olive Oil!)