OUR MISSION

IMPROVE the lives of spice farmers
by directly sourcing from small, sustainable farms

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.

We're changing the narrative of how spices are produced and traded

We specialize in directly sourced spices from small farmers and women farmers sourced locally and globally. Watch this 4-minute documentary to learn about why. We pay above Fair Trade price – sometimes as much as ten times the commodity rate – for spices that burst with flavor. We give back through fundraising efforts via our Curio for a Cause campaigns, which support gender equality, climate resilience and community empowerment. We instill in every product a respect for the land and the farmers who grow our spices, alongside a sense of wonder for the rare flavors available to us.

We are a woman-owned Certified B Corporation.®

Certified B Corporations® are for profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

In 2019, we earned our B Corp™ certification because we want to change the way spices are produced and traded while making unique spice blends that celebrate a sense of place, but we also wanted to do business in a better way that serves our people and our planet. By being a B Corp, we go beyond by committing to the highest standard of social and environmental impact. Meet our Founder, Claire, and the rest of our team here.

HOW ARE WE PURSUING OUR MISSION?

We work directly with spice farms and above fair trade prices for spices grown with the highest standards in environmental and social responsibility. We also PRE-PAY farmers to assist with their cash flow.

Sourcing from origin highlights the terroir of spices from specific regions (just like wine), adding edible luxury, creativity and intense flavor to your cooking.

By sourcing specialty spices directly we are working to disrupt conventional supply chains and reverse the exploitive practices put in place due to colonization. Commodity spices are built on a system that keeps people in poverty around the world, and continues a history of exploitive practices built by white people. We strive to de-commodify and decolonize the spice trade.

We are 100% 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 continue to discuss racism and allyship as a team, sharing resources to further education in our DEIJ program. ⁠We are working together to identify changes we need to make in our business, especially as we grow, and using our creative strengths to deepen the material impact we have in the area of social responsibility.

We strive to make an impact on climate resilience by doing the following: choosing ocean freight for imports whenever possible, sourcing organically produced spices and herbs whenever possible, sourcing locally for packaging, spices and services locally whenever possible.

At both our production facility and storefront we participate in composting programs, water monitoring and low energy devices.

We support our community and local economy by sourcing from Massachusetts and New England farms.

The Lab @ Curio, our culinary education hub, is our community space where we host free and ticketed events to engage with and support our community. We also contribute to local education initiatives in the greater Boston area where Curio is based .

Curio is proud to be a certified B Corps™. We are certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. The performance standards set by the B Lab are comprehensive, transparent and verified.

To maintain our certification, we undergo periodic audits of our business practices and our impact on all of our stakeholders, including but not limited to our commitments to our farmers, communities, employees and the environment. This process is thorough, and it forces us to reflect deeply on every aspect of our business. We commit to learning from this process, and to using our assessment report to identify areas for ongoing improvements.

Certified B Corporations® are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

In addition, we are formally committed to donating at least 1% of our annual revenue to charities that align with our mission.

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Bonga, Ethiopia

Antalaha, Madagascar

Kozani, Greece

Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

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. We NEVER use fillers or additives of any kind.

The packaging for our Signature line is made here in the U.S. and is recyclable. We also source from 22 New England farms, to support our community and bring you a fresher product. We use glass jars and metal lids for our pure spices and classic blends, both infinitely recyclable.

Founder Claire Cheney traverses the world to meet our farmers. Forming direct relationships at origin ensures transparency from the farm to your kitchen and ensures you receive a premium product that is making a positive impact.

Curio's Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Curio Spice Co. operates on the traditional and ancestral land of the Massachusett, Naumkeag, and Pawtucket peoples, the original inhabitants of what is now known as Cambridge and Winchester. In our work here at Curio—sourcing, blending and storytelling about spices—we strive to honor this native land and its people through transparent information and direct-sourcing including sourcing from small local farms on this land and its waters (the Atlantic) and wild foragers who continue traditions of low-impact gathering.
As Americans, we must all strive to learn about the history of the land we inhabit and its people, including the legacy of displacement, forced migration, disease and disruption that was forced on the Indigenous people of North America through colonization. As members of this country and as citizens of our global community here at Curio we stive to continually pay our respects to the people of the Massachusett Tribe, past and present, and honor the land itself which remains sacred to the Massachusett, Naumkeag, and Pawtucket Peoples.