Curio Spice Co. is a mission driven public benefit corporation. It is our mission to:
Reverse the exploitive traditions inherent in commodity spice trading by working directly with spice farms and paying more for spices grown sustainably and responsibly.
Support gender equality and female empowerment by sourcing from women-owned businesses as well as spice cooperatives that contribute to female education and improved livelihoods.
Reduce global CO2 emissions and the effects of climate change by sourcing organically produced spices and herbs as well as locally produced herbs and salts.
Support our community by sourcing from Massachusetts and New England farms.
Contribute to local education initiatives in the greater Boston area where Curio is based by teaching classes for kids about spices & cultural heritage & holding classes and events at our shop.
Help cooks and chefs be more creative.
We source our spices with the highest standards in organic and fair trade agriculture, not to mention their TASTE. 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.
What is a Public Benefit Company?
A Public Benefit Company (PBC) is a business designed to “have a material positive impact on society and the environment”— it seeks to provide social or environmental benefits and make a profit. PBCs may be assessed by an independent third-party to verify that they’re working toward their mission. A growing number of companies, both large and small, are becoming PBCs, such as Kickstarter, Patagonia, and King Arthur Flour.
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.