As Zurich is our current homebase, we wanted to give it a hommage by sharing a few local products and brands we really love! Unique products with an original Swiss twist, made in small batches and true to their traditions, here are our local favorites!
Coffee: Black & Blaze
Not easy to find barrista-quality coffee in Zurich! To improve the status quo, (ex-?)fashion photographer Claude Stahel decided to open his own coffee roasting company. Just on the outskirts of the city, they propose a beautiful 100% Arabica, with lots of cream and chocolate flavours. Black & white, simple, and straight-to-the-point design, packaging, and photography. Simply gorgeous and pleasure for all your senses!
Certified Bio & fair-trade chocolate made in the hip “Kreis 5” neighborhood, Taucherli proposes a few intriguing declinations. From the classic “chili” chocolate, to the more adventurous “For Women Only” (ask them why!!), “Petazeta” (crazy sparks-in-your-mouth pop rocks), or even “Raps” (colza seeds, also called vegan caviar)! Give it a try, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with them!
Gin & tonic. Certainly our favorite drink! Those gents decided Schwepps couldn’t handle it, so they made their own “Swiss roots tonic water”. And what a refreshing idea! More lemony and “bitter” than your average tonic water thanks to swiss-grown yellow Gentian root (Gentiana lutea), Gents is also much less sweet. Certainly, such a tonic also needs a serious partner to go de pair with it, and who else than Monkey 47 (a beautiful gin made in the Black forest) for that? Such a wonderful couple! (and NO, we did NOT have one too many of those while writing this post!)
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What else to feel refreshed after a heavy dinner in Japan than their unique and funky salad sauces? Of course a classic “sesame dressing”, but there exists a myriad of other flavours. This is where akari taste kicks in with their set of Kabuki salad sauces. Made with love and no preservative agents, they come in five declinations: Sesame, Black sesame, Wasabi, Chili, and Classic (with tons of onions!!). No more excuses for not eating salads every day!