brand-cover1.jpg European Gourmet Issue 14

The cape herb & spice company is founded in 1994, based in cape town, a cosmopolitan city situated at the south-western tip of Africa.

In the early 1400s the European sailors began exploring the west coast of Africa in search of a trade route to the spice markets in Asia. Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz rounded the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 and in 1498 Vasco da Gama established a sea route to India. The Dutch east India company, which was a dominant force in the spice trade, went on to establish a settlement at cape town in the mid-1600s as a midway point for their exchange with Asia. This mix of European, African and Asian cultures has given the city a rich culinary heritage. And it's against this background that the cape herb & spice company was formed.