The Fair Seas Spice Co., that’s pretty me and two other guys, have recently expanded our line-up Fairtrade certified Spices
Our Expanded line-up of 100% Fairtrade Certified Spices
Our newest collection, available in 6 convenient sizes, is the perfect gift for even the most ethical consumer out there.
While we source virtually all our spices from small-scale farmers and cooperatives, we are especially proud of our Fairtrade product line. Fairtrade International, a remarkable organization, has done an amazing job in bringing to the forefront the plight of small-scale farmers and producers across the developing world. Often times we forget exactly how our neatly packaged spices, teas, coffees, and clothing (just to name a few examples) found their way onto store shelves. In too many instances, the products we use, consume, and take for granted are the result of some form of exploitation. The Fairtrade stamp is a friendly reminder that as consumers we must always be conscious of purchases we make, and that we always have a choice.
Small-Scale Farmer in India. Picture by Melanie Hadida
Fairtrade International has relentlessly championed the cause of small-scale producers across the globe. Under the legacy which Fairtrade International has established, hardworking producers who would otherwise receive a pittance for their labour or goods are now receiving just and fair market wages. Along with fair wages, Fairtrade International also places a premium on community development. Buying Fairtrade is not a charitable act, rather it is a legitimate investment in a communities inherent potential.
As of mid-September, the Fair Seas Spice Co. will be launching an expanded 100% Fairtrade Certified Spice Collection. All 11 of our Fairtrade certified spices will be now be included. Our newest collection, available in 6 convenient sizes, is the perfect gift for even the most ethical consumer out there.
The age old battle between the cinnamon roll and the cinnamon bun continues to persist to this very day. What separates the cinnamon roll from the cinnamon bun? Absolutely nothing. They just happen to be the top two Google searched terms related to cinnamon. You can tell we’re working very hard on our search engine optimization skills.
Seriously though, what is better than either a cinnamon roll or bun? So many delicious ingredients fighting so vigorously to give you Type 2 diabetes. Maybe it’s the sugar, maybe it’s the buttery dough made from refined flower, most likely it’s both. Before you can even think of grabbing your insulin you’re hit with the spicy savoury goodness of the cinnamon. Now let’s focus a minute on cinnamon before I hit you up with an awesome high calorie recipe. There is cinnamon, and then there is cinnamon. We sell the latter. In fact we sell two variates of Fairtrade and organic cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon from India and Ceylon cinnamon from Sri Lanka (Update: we are receiving our Ceylon Cinnamon this Friday and we are very excited; that’s right, cinnamon excites us at the fair Seas Spice Co.) We import and sell our cinnamon unmolested in whole form. No dyes, no fillers, no artificial flavouring. One simply cannot compare pre-ground bulk stuff to our fresh home ground cinnamon (any coffee grinder will do).
Now its time for a little cinnamon schooling:
Ceylon vs. Cassia
Odds are if you’ve bought cinnamon in north America its of the Cassia species. While we commonly refer to Cassia as cinnamon, in reality Ceylon cinnamon is the only variety to be considered true cinnamon. Cassia is also considered to be of higher quality than Cassia . Cassia is grown throughout Asia and consists of the outer bark on the cinnamon tree, while Ceylon is cultivated almost exclusively in Sri Lanka consisting only of the inner bark of a small evergreen tree called Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Ceylon requires significantly more work to harvest than Cassia and is generally more expensive. Do Cassia and Ceylon taste the same? Not quite. Ceylon cinnamon is sweet and delicate where as Cassia Cinnamon is more pungent and peppery. Cassia is usually a better suited for savoury dishes, while Ceylon is preferred for sweet dishes. At the end of the day both are delicious, and it really comes down to personal preference.