What does 'Single Origin' mean?
‘Single Origin’ quite simply means that our spices come from one region, which we believe has the best growing conditions, the ideal climate and local expertise to produce the best tasting spices possible.
‘Single Origin’ is a term used in coffee and chocolate production, but the labeling of spices is purposefully vague – just rattle through some of the jars in your spice cabinet to see how many say ‘produce of more than one country’ or simply ‘packed in the UK’. Instead, we have tracked down chilli from Kashmir and turmeric from the West coast of India, Sri Lankan cinnamon and pul biber from Turkey – where traditional production methods are still used.
Are your spices organic?
Most of our products are organically grown, but not all of them are officially recognized. As importers of products which come from farms all over the world we find that the ‘organic’ certification opens a can of worms. It’s a complicated and expensive process for small farms to sign up to – instead we work closely with trustworthy suppliers who follow best practice.
Do you recommend whole or ground?
Once a spice has been ground, it will start to lose its potency which is why we always recommend grinding whole spices, where possible. This doesn’t always apply – some varieties like whole turmeric and allspice berries will break home blenders and need industrial milling.
Though freshly-ground is best, speed is of the essence when throwing together mid-week meals. It’s why we stock some of our core range in pre-ground format – because nobody wants to grapple with a pestle when flinging together a quick dinner.
How should I store spices?
Sunlight bleaches spices which are stored in glass, which is why it’s best to keep them in a tin caddy. Avoid heat and moisture by finding a spot which isn’t too near the oven, but which is still close enough to grab a pinch when inspiration strikes.
Tell me more about the refills...
We think that spices should be bought in small amounts and replenished often – rather than big bags which linger for decades. If you buy a tin spice caddy, then you can come back to us for refills which are packed in the exact right amount to fit the tins. We will send them in pouches which post easily.
What's the best way to grind spices?
We each prefer different methods, so we’re in no position to be prescriptive. A pestle and mortar is a joy to use and beautiful piece of kit. Though a coffee grinder is speedy and creates a consistent grind.
Do your spices contain any allergens?
Any allergens are highlighted in bold in the ingredients list for each product. Strict anti-cross contamination procedures are followed by us and our suppliers but our spices are packed in a warehouse that handles nuts and sesame.
How big are the spice tins?
Each tin is 44 x 44 x 64mm.
How big are the Gift Boxes?
Each gift box is 148 x 148 x 70mm, with dividers to accommodate 9 spice tins.
What delivery options do you offer?
Please see our Delivery page.
What is your refund policy?
Please see our Returns page.