As consumers, we are at the very end of a long supply chain. We often do not have much of a chance to find out whether we are buying real quality, whether people involved in the chain are receiving adequate rewards for their work, or whether the product is not too burdensome for our planet.
In the case of Kampot pepper, the first stage in the chain begins where the leaves of pepper vines gently rustle, which are taken care of by the hands of local farmers. From them, peppercorns have a long journey to get to your table, but unlike pepper from other brands, we are able to reduce the links in the chain, limiting to only one, and that is us. Thanks to this, we are able to control the quality, give farmers fair compensation for their hard work and at the same time bring fresh pepper containing the best taste to your table.
Unfortunately, we are one of the few with this approach. With other brands of pepper, the fundamental problem starts at the plantation. While our pepper is grown naturally, the peppercorns, which are ripened on plantations driven purely by profit, are saturated day after day with chemicals that accelerate their growth. As a result, the beans lose their quality early on and the environment in which they are grown is further degraded.
With Kampot pepper, due to the fact that there are several mandatory certifications, there is only one certainty - that this pepper is always harvested and inspected by hand, dried in the sun and meets all organic standards, and that it is verified by the EU. But whether or not the reseller actually follows a fair trade or direct trade policy can be called into question. Even though they may be "certificated" that often means nothing in countries in which there is a high rate of corruption, without the supervision of a higher authority.
Another problem comes with processing, which often takes place by machine, and again time and money play the most important role here. The grains are not soaked or dried long enough, and the main goal of farm workers, who often belong to foreign traders, is to get the peppercorns into bags as quickly as possible in order to get paid.
Due to this, the kernels are again exposed to adverse conditions, they are often stale and germs form on them. The quality thus degrades again and there is little left of that pleasant and characteristic pepper taste.
Pepper then goes from hand to hand, from trader to trader, where everyone adds the price of their work. The bags of pepper sail on the boats all year round and they don't even remember what it's like to swim in the sun's rays. The consumer comes to the table exhausted, without taste and smell. In the hope of a better taste experience, the consumer then adds them to the food to experience mere disappointment.
So buy a pepper that you really like, is socially responsible and in which you can see for yourself the people, families and a team that takes care of its journey not only in Cambodia, but also all the way to your plate ☺ .