Traveling the globe to unearth the world’s best spices from faraway culinary cultures has been our shared passion for the past quarter-century. In 2002 Épices de Cru was born of this passion.
We are dedicated to procuring the world’s best spices and blends. We’re constantly traveling far and wide to meet and learn from producers, locals and chefs and to establish with them sustainable partnerships that are fair and rewarding to all.
Our mission is to cultivate the same culture of appreciation and esteem for spices as is reserved for wine, coffee and fruits. In these culinary traditions, the terroir – the growing conditions and climate – of the plants and the know-how of the producers are given the utmost consideration in grading quality. Our hope is that such attention to detail will highlight the stunning difference between ordinary and superior quality spices.
We believe that the key to culinary success lies within spices and blends. After years of working in the catering industry we realized that quality spices have the ability to transform ordinary food into extraordinary fare. This realization inspired us to apply the knowledge we’ve acquired throughout our global treks to recreate authentic spice blends.
The art of blending spices is simple but requires adherence to certain principles. Use whole, fresh spices whenever possible. Remain true to the culinary traditions of each blend. Use a mortar and pestle to grind spices. Above all, have faith in your nose. Odours are memories that influence your taste. Following these guidelines will make improvisation fun and simple.
Ethné & Philippe