New York, New York

Burlap & Barrel sources unique, beautiful spices for professional chefs and home cooks. As a Public Benefit Corporation, we partner directly with smallholder farmers to source spices that have never been available in the US before and help improve the livelihoods of our partner farmers.

Ethan Frisch, co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, Ethan is a native New Yorker, entrepreneur and activist around food systems and social justice. His co-founder, Ori Zohar, is also a social entrepreneur and innovator. Ori first teamed up with Ethan to start Guerrilla Ice Cream, an activist ice cream cart that received a frenzy of media attention, in 2010. A few years later, he launched Sindeo, a venture-backed mortgage company that provided home loans in an open and transparent way.

A deeper understanding of the provenance of spices, coffee, chocolate, wine, and fresh fruits and vegetables has helped all of us make better decisions about how we eat, and how we use our buying power to advocate for better food for ourselves and our communities.

Their Farmer Partners

“We work with about 250 smallholder farmers, who we pay at least double and as much as 20x the commodity price for their exceptional spices”

– Ethan Frisch, Co-Founder

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