Mission & Impact
Our mission is to improve the lives of spice farmers by directly sourcing from small, sustainable farms and inspire culinary creativity by crafting blends that celebrate unique flavors from around the world.
We value organic, fair trade ingredients, supporting women, and enriching our local community — and making sure we all have the chance to eat well.
How are we pursuing our mission?
- We work directly with spice farms and pay well above market prices for spices grown sustainably and responsibly to help reverse the exploitive traditions inherent in commodity spice trading.
- We are women owned, and we seek to 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.
- We strive to reduce carbon emissions and the effects of global warming by sourcing organically produced spices and herbs whenever possible as well as locally produced herbs and salts.
- At our headquarters in Cambridge, MA we track our energy and water usage, compost and recycle and have a no-straw policy!
- We support our community and local economy by sourcing from Massachusetts and New England farms. We have a commitment to serve at least 75% local and independent customers.
- We contribute to local education initiatives in the greater Boston area where Curio is based by teaching classes about spices, cooking & cultural heritage.
- We source our spices with the highest standards in organic and fair trade agriculture, not to mention their FLAVOR. 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 certified B corporation®?
Certified B Corporations® (B Corps™) are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Curio Spice direct-sources spices from small farms around the world (including farms in New England) and creates unique blends that reflect spice origins.
Since 2015, we've been working to change the way spices are produced and traded while making unique spice blends that celebrate a sense of place.
About Our certifications & sustainable sourcing
What is special about Curio Spice Co. becoming a B corps?
We’ve been working towards this goal since our founding in 2015. It’s particularly challenging for a business like ours because we carry 250+ different spices and source from countries all over the world, so we have myriad supply chains we have to trace, verify and track.
- Governance: We are a woman-owned, Public benefit corporation
- Workers: Make above minimum wage and are offered robust training and learning opportunities
- Customers: We have systems in place to serve our customers and guarantee quality, freshness and safety. We monitor the impact of our products and packaging on our local environment.
- Community: We donate to charities in our local community, host events and classes, and do businesses primarily within our immediate region of New England
- Environment: We prioritize organic spices, monitor our waste (we compost!) and assess our packaging and supplies to be as low impact as possible.
- Approximately 70% 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 we’re working on it!
- 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, Japan, and Ethiopia. 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.