Master Makers: Aderaw Yeshiwas of Brundo Spices and Cafe Colucci

February 15, 2021

Master Makers: Aderaw Yeshiwas of Brundo Spices and Cafe Colucci

A note from Ahara's Founder, Andrea Shuman:

We have been working with Brundo Spices for about 5 years as our supplier of fragrant, fresh and hard-to-find, Ethiopian spices. About a year ago, we got together on a project to bring Aderaw's family recipe for Niter Kibbeh, into production. While we already had our own, we knew the nuance of how different and exciting it can be to try different versions of staple classics like this one. Traditional Niter Kibbeh was the first to come from this collaboration and we have more in the works. 

Meet Aderaw, Brundo Spices and their Family restaurant in North Oakland, Cafe Colucci! Deep thanks to the Yeshiwas family for their collaboration and for sharing their culinary talents with our customers. 

We genuinely recommend you check out their site and offerings. A portion of the proceeds from Brundo Spice Company goes to the Oakland Black Business Fund. 

Brundo Spices: THEIR STORY

WE STARTED WITH A SMALL RESTAURANT, CAFÉ COLUCCI, IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA IN 1991. SINCE THEN WE HAVE DELIGHTED THE PALATES OF BAY AREA RESIDENTS WITH OUR UNIQUE TASTE OF ETHIOPIAN DISHES. 

WE BEGAN TO EXPERIENCE A MAJOR PROBLEM IN SECURING QUALITY PRODUCTS FROM ETHIOPIA. SUPPLY BECAME ERRATIC, INTERMITTENT AND VERY LOW QUALITY. OUR AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT WAS VIRTUALLY UNABLE TO SERVE CUSTOMERS DUE TO LACK OF QUALITY INGREDIENTS. TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM, WE DECIDED TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR SUPPLY CHAIN AND START A SMALL OPERATION OF SPICE PRODUCTION IN ETHIOPIA. WE WERE ABLE TO SET UP SMALL SCALE PRODUCTION THAT ALLOWED US TO PRODUCE WHAT WAS NEEDED FOR OUR RESTAURANT.

FURTHERMORE WE SHARED WHAT IS LEFT WITH OUR WEB STORE AND COOKING CLASSES. THIS EXTRA INCOME ALLOWED US TO REINVEST IN DEVELOPING NEW PRODUCTS AND RECIPES WHILE STILL STAYING TRUE TO OUR ROOTS AND PRESERVING CENTURIES OLD TRADITIONAL SPICE BLENDING PRACTICES IN ETHIOPIA.

WE DECIDED TO SCALE UP TO SECURE A PERMANENT LOCATION AND LEASED A LAND. WE BUILT A PROCESSING FACILITY IN MODJO, ETHIOPIA AND DECIDED TO EMBARK ON A LARGE SCALE OPERATION. WE SELF-FINANCED THIS OPERATION. WE NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE AND EXPORT OUR OWN SPICE AND SEASONING LINE.

Check them out at Brundo.com





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