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Where Traditions Meet — Tea and Tuscany

Tealicious for the sense

The traditions of drinking natural infusions cross centuries, oceans and cultures, with each culture offering new combinations to local ingredients as they travel, taking advantage of different gastronomic expressions.


Originally from Cordoba, Argentina, Marcela Viviana Esteban — creator of Tealicious in 2009 — is one who has combined travel and infusions.

Portrait - Zante Olive Oil

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1. Tesi: Dear Christa, you are an importer of Aristeon olive oils from Greece. What made you consider this business?

Christa: We have been holidaying in Greece for many, many years and gradually have become more and more fascinated with the country, its people, and Mediterranean food. Because olive oil is one of the most important ingredients, we began researching the various flavours.

We discovered our favourite oil in Zakynthos. We loved the extraordinary mildness and fruitful taste and so did our friends in Austria. That was actually the first time we considered importing olive oil as a business. As I recall, it sounded like a totally crazy idea at first, but several years later our web shop went online with Reinhard and I really enjoying developing our own small business. This is despite the challenges, associated with not having the luxury of big marketing budgets. We counter that with a lot of enthusiasm and a product in which we are totally convinced.

Oliver Honegger TURICUM GIN / Switzerland

Turicum-Gin-Team

Four friends in Zürich are jointly producing Zürich's Turicum Gin, a London Dry Gin, "in Züri, for Züri". Stephan Lendi spoke to Master Distiller Oliver Honegger, at Stubä restaurant in Zürich, home of the local Turicum Gin. They spoke about which specific botanical extracts help Turicum Gin be unique in its offering and then, together mixed a genuine Züri Mule.

Company Portrait - Rochini - Austria

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1. Tesi: Dear Hannes you are the owner of the company Rochini from Austria. Your company is trading with high end tableware. Please tell me more about your companies' philosophy and background.

Hannes: "our raw material is enthusiasm"
Taylor-made conceptual solutions for your tabletop as the key to success Rochini´s concept is unique in the world and therefore regarded as a pioneer in the field. In line with the cornerstones of design, acquisition and quality assurance Hannes Tiefenthaler and rochini offer tailor-made solutions for your tabletop. Rochini creates a unique atmosphere at their customer's table by combining items from collections of different manufacturers and complying with their customer's requirements - ranging from glasses and cutlery up to accessories. With his contacts of many years Hannes Tiefenthaler finds the perfect supplier, manufacturer and designer for every customer. "Under the slogan "create your own item" rochini offers its customers the opportunity to develop glasses, porcelain and cutlery according to their individual wishes and ideas and in small quantities", explains Hannes Tiefenthaler. Visionary trend scout with roots in craftsmanship As a trained master baker the founder of rochini Hannes Tiefenthaler learned early on to appreciate handmade products and high-quality ingredients. Whether you commission Hannes Tiefenthaler with equipping your table or if you are looking for the right glassware or porcelain for your culinary creations, in his personal and professional consulting you will notice his enthusiasm right away. Driven by this fascination and his drive for perfection he redefines table culture with his "rochini concept": "rochini stands for the perfect ensemble of surprising design, high-quality materials and unique craftsmanship", reveals the ambitious businessman. Small manufacturers are predestined to fulfill the high standards he sets for the "subtle luxury" he himself defines. To name a few from the range of rochini products - porcelain from Hering Berlin, glasses from Zalto Denkart and silverware from Robbe & Berking.

 

Laura and Fabia Löw – Löw Delights

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The two sisters Laura and Fabia Löw are known for their gourmet chocolate creations. Their creations meet today’s customer demands for food that is organic, gluten-free, Fair Trade, and vegan. Stephan Lendi talked with the duo on ethics, innovation, and handmade, chocolaty-nutty spreads made in Switzerland.

Interview Dominique Landolt Ortiz and Maria Dolores

María Dolores was living in Switzerland and missing the tastes, ingredients, and quality products of her home in Mexico, so she began to use family recipes to make and sell items like salsa roja, chipotle salsa, mole, and nopalitos. Stephan Lendi talked with María Dolores and daughter Dominique about flavors, textures, and the culinary world in Mexico.
 
In 1986, you were drawn to Switzerland with your husband and daughter, Dominique. How was this change for you?
 
María Dolores: I quickly discovered the security of Switzerland. The schools were near our apartment so the children could go to school with public transportation, and Zurich and the whole of Switzerland I liked very much – I could even ride my bike in every season.
 
I have always liked to show my culinary culture. We made tortillas with my children’s classmates. Whenever we had guests, I cooked authentic Mexican – 30 years ago, Mexican food here was completely unknown; there was nothing!
 
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Portrait Linny Kenney - Leather Studio

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Tesi: Dear Linny, you are an artist working with leather and other natural sourced products. Can you please tell me what you exactly do?
 
Linny: I work with premium, full-grain vegetable tanned leather to create functional art. Many of the pieces I make are custom and very personal to the client. I specialize in knife rolls, guitar straps, and bags.

Company Portrait - Atelier V Pur - Switzerland

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1. Tesi: Vera and Johannes, you are the designer and Sales Manager of the design brand VPUR. Please tell me more about the history of your company.
 
Answer: As a young, white-collar worker in a prestigious architectural firm, the usually thrifty Vera Purtscher paid two months’ salary for four pieces of original Josef Hoffman silverware, having been convinced that it was the finest cutlery of all time to take home! At first use though, it was clear that functionality was sacrificed for aesthetics and design! This disappointment was the starting point for drafting her own cutlery designs. Many prototypes and a few years later, and the time had come: The comprehensive cutlery series MoonLashes was ready for series production.

Portrait Andreas Gugumuck, Owner of Wiener Schnecke

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1. Tesi: Andreas, you are the founder of the company “Wiener Schnecke” (Vienna Snails). How did you come up with the idea for the company, and what has your journey been like so far? 
 
Andreas:  The Gugumuck courtyard in Rothneusiedl has been family-owned for over 400 years. Neither my brother nor I had planned to take over the farm, but then I read in a magazine about snails and began to investigate. I discovered The Snail Cookbook by Gerd W. Sievers and a long snail tradition in Vienna. My interest was piqued, and I took over my grandmother Leopoldine’s farm in Rothneusiedl.