Curio's herbs and spices are sourced directly from origin whenever possible, with the highest standards in organic and fair trade agriculture. Sourcing from origin highlights the "terroir" of spices from specific regions (just like wine), adding edible luxury, creativity and intense flavor to food and drink. Simultaneously, Curio's dedication to direct sourcing and sustainability allow for a premium product and improved farmer livelihoods.
We are a Public Benefit Company
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Our Certifications & Sustainable Sourcing
ORGANIC Approximately 90% of the spices used to make our blends are certified organic. Organic spice production ensures that no herbicides, pesticides or synthetic inputs were used to grow or process the spices. At this time Curio Spice Co is not a certified organic handler, but will be working towards this goal in the next year.
FAIR TRADE About 50% of the spices used to make our blends are certified Fair Trade. Fair Trade certified products are guaranteed to meet environmental, social and labor standards set by organizations such as FLO-CERT.
MADE IN THE USA Our spice tins and lids are made here in the U.S. and are recyclable. Additionally, many of the herbs and salts used in our blends are sourced as close to our manufacturing facility as possible (yay New England farms!) ensuring a fresher product.
RELATIONSHIPS Founder Claire Cheney has visited many of the spice regions that Curio sources from, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Greece and Turkey, Costa Rica, Madagascar and Japan. Forming relationships with farmers and producers at origin increases transparency from farm to consumer and helps to ensure that you receive a premium product that is outside of the commodity spice market.