Artisan: A fancy, overused word, but simply put, it means handcrafted (everyday!) using traditional and “slow food” techniques. That’s us.
Organic/Fair Trade: When possible, we use organic and free trade ingredients, such as our chocolate and sugar. Both are 100% certified organic and fair trade. We appreciate the fact that our growers are paid directly for the sustainable products they produce.
Natural: Our ice cream is all natural with no artificial additives. If we can’t pronounce it, it doesn’t go into our ice cream. We apologize in advance if you really enjoy eating propylene glycol monostearate, carboxymethycellulose, and polysorbate 80.
Ingredients: We’re strict. Our attention to quality raw ingredients is what sets us apart. For those raw ingredients that do not grow well in the great NW, we seek out the best natural ingredients that can be found. You may not have heard of Theo Organic Fair-Trade Chocolates in Seattle, but we have and that’s good for you and the world.
Colorings: We don’t feel it necessary to add artificial colors to our ice cream. This means that our pistachio is a bit brown in color. We promise it tastes much better than its neon green cousin and most likely it’s better for your body, too.
HFCS: We’re fond of corn on the cob on a hot summer day, but we don’t think corn should be in our ice cream. Isn’t it already in almost everything else we eat? We use real organic cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It costs more, but it tastes better.
Overrun: We all know air is good, but it doesn’t make for dense, creamy gelato. We don’t pump heaps of air into our mix. Bad for profit margins, but good for your mouth.
Fat: Butterfat = fat & calories. We can’t speak for you, but we have no inspirations to make the world sumo tour. Our gelato has on average 10% less butterfat than your typical US ice cream, which uses cream as its primary ingredient. A bit more on fat. Fat tastes good, but it also hides flavor. Less fat coating your tongue, means more flavor for you to indulge in.
Local: At this point, we don’t have too many mango or pineapple trees sprouting in Bend, Oregon, but we do have tasty berries, mint, apples, pears, and milk and cream up here in the NW. And doesn’t fresh and local taste best? Especially, when the primary ingredient comes from our own award winning Eberhard’s Dairy who provides us with our rBST free hormone free milk and cream.
Environment: We love the world. Most everything we use comes from the natural world, including our cups and spoons. Our clear pint containers can be reused for food storage or to organize your paperclips. We support it, it supports us.