Himalayan Salt Chunks
Looking for a unique hostess gift? Tired of giving a bottle of wine every open house? These tasty and nutritious salt chunks will provide enjoyment for months and will be decorative as well. The salt goes a long way, with only a small amount required for great flavor. The Microplane grater was specially designed to use with this salt, and would make a perfect combo gift pack!
Equal Exchange Coffee
Equal Exchange began in 1986 to empower small farmer co-ops that use sustainable agriculture. They currently work with small farmer organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. The co-ops are owned and governed democratically by the farmers themselves. Decisions are made within the co-op, on their terms. The fair trade organic coffee has some interesting varieties, including Mind, Body, and Soul or Love Buzz.
The Equal Exchange Chocolate Bars combine the famous Swiss standards in chocolate making with cocoa from farmer co-ops in the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Peru; fairly traded organic sugar from Paraguay and Costa Rica; and fairly traded vanilla from Madagascar. Try a rich and delicious treat that supports small-scale farmers and their families.
Caffé Vita (Italian for “coffee life”) is a small coffee house and roaster near Seattle’s Pike Place market. They inspect each batch of green beans before roasting them in small batches in a stocky old European roaster in the back room. And finally, they taste test every batch before release. Mike, John, and their crew make only a handful of varieties but do each exceedingly well. They do indeed “live coffee." The Bistro Blend is a medium roast - excellent for drip. Caffé del Sol is a medium roast specially made in the Northern Italian tradition for cappuccino, although you can use it for drip as well.
Our friends at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor are true food lovers, and it comes through in everything they do, including roasting coffee! They buy from among the top 2-3% single origin and small estate coffees, and roast fresh to order. If you love coffee, be sure to try these.
Côte d’Or Chocolate Bars
Available in milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts and dark chocolate with whole almonds, these bars are the ultimate combination of fine Belgian chocolate. They deliver an intense chocolate experience combined with a sweet, nutty crunch.
Pralus Pyramide des Tropiques
Pralus is a second-generation maker from France delivering pure decadence for the dark chocolate lover. Pralus also concentrates on single-origin chocolates from around the globe (cacao, just like coffee, grows only in Equatorial areas). The Pyramide is comprised of 10 colorfully-wrapped bars from different countries. The total weight is 1.1 lbs, making this a perfect hostess gift or treat for a loved one!
Unique Sprouted 100% Whole Grain “Splits”
“Splits” are made with sprouted whole grain flour that digests like a vegetable. These all natural pretzels are a good source of fiber. The Spannuth Family Bakery has been in business for six generations starting back in the late 1800’s. They produce a tasty, crunchy split-open pretzel called “Splits”, the only one of their kind. The pretzels have gained popularity all over the world because of their unique texture and crunch. During the “Unique” process, they let the raw pretzel set to perfection. When ready, the pretzel is placed in the oven where it bursts open creating bubbles and crevices that are crunchy and full of flavor.