Update: Since this post was written, we closed our physical store in the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown.
While it was a difficult decision and we will certainly miss seeing everyone’s faces, it was the right decision for our growing business so we can keep prices as low as possible while continuing to source and create the best natural spices and spice blends on the planet.
You can buy everything you could in the store now online. Thank you for all the great memories, friends. We look forward to delivering your favorite spices to your door!
Thank You For an Amazing First Week in Our New Store!
In our first week of business, we’ve had customers that reflect the diversity of our Bucktown neighborhood. What a great week talking with all of you about the inspiring dishes you’re cooking up! We are honored to offer you the highest quality spices and herbs when you need them.
We have had locals passing by enjoying a walk on one of the many unseasonably warm days, all excited to have a local source for natural spices.
We’ve met so many talented home chefs, and we’ve also met an owner of a local restaurant and a barista buying spices to perfect his specialty coffee drink that he will serve in an upcoming barista competition, and a home brewer buying orange peel, lemon peel, and coriander seed for a beer he’s making. It’s been wonderful getting to know everyone!
Thank you for giving us a shot and we look forward to your future visits!
Most spices that are used in the United States are fumigated with toxic chemicals such as ethylene oxide. Unfortunately these chemicals are harmful to humans and beyond that they are extremely harmful to the workers that apply them. Organic spices are fumigated using dry steam, which sanitizes them against bacterial contamination. Beyond the fumigation process many non-organic spices are cultivated in ways that are harmful to the eco system in which they exist. Often times farming methods such has clear cutting are used. Add to that the use of pesticides and you can see that it is a bad situation. Many people are beginning to understand the importance of organic foods and we feel that it is of equal importance to use organic herbs and spices. Next time you are cooking a delicious organic tofu stir fry or grilling an organic steak, take minute to think about what you are adding to it.
Many people enjoy vanilla. It has to be one of the most noticeable and distinct flavors we encounter. Vanilla is native to Mexico although many assume it is native to Madagascar and the outlying neighboring islands (La Réunion and Mauritius) as these are the largest modern producers. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s when a young man figured out how to propagate vanilla by hand that other parts of world began to produce vanilla. Many orchids develop to attract specific insects for pollination and this is the case with Vanilla in Mexico. For vanilla the melipona bee is the only natural pollinator. Thus all of the vanilla outside of Mexico must be hand pollinated. At Pinch we are currently offering organically produced Vanilla from Mexico. We are interested in adding additional varieties of vanilla and would be very interested in hearing what our customers think/desire. Beyond the beans we also offer organic vanilla paste and organic vanilla sugar. Soon we will also offer organic vanilla extract, and other extracts for cooking. All this talk of vanilla makes me want to get a delicious vanilla shake.