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CHF 3,726
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75
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 31 2019 3:20 PM UTC +00:00

About

Yaksha delivers equitably sourced  & organic spices, grown by local independent farmers, directly from the farm to your doorstep. 

Yaksha black pepper, turmeric and green cardamom from Idukki in South India, Kerala
Yaksha black pepper, turmeric and green cardamom from Idukki in South India, Kerala

Who we are

We are Jenny and Sylvain, a Swiss couple living near Lausanne, a city situated in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. We are both graduates in tourism management and passionate about spices, cooking and travel. Thanks to our online travel video guide Lytchee, we’ve had the opportunity to discover Asia, its cuisine and its diversity in terms of spices. And we’ve used that opportunity to develop our skills and expertise in spices. 

We established trustable partnerships in South India, Kerala

 In January 2018 and February 2019, we went to Kerala in South India to find extraordinary spices. We have established two partnerships with two local farmers living in the Idukki region, who are growing 100% certified organic spices, such as black pepper, turmeric, and cardamom, with passion and dedication for their work. We also have established another partnership with a farmer in Alleppey who specializes in growing nutmeg. We are now in the process of developing our e-commerce website, which will be ready in September 2019. 

We met some of the lovely people working for our farmer in Idukki
We met some of the lovely people working for our farmer in Idukki

Let's consume fresher organic spices grown by local independent farmers

Who grows the spices you buy in the supermarket? Where do they come from? Why is the spice distribution chain so opaque? 

Together we want to guarantee a new way of consuming spices.

You know where your coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas are coming from, but do you have any idea where your spices were grown? For instance, have a look right now at the box of cloves in your kitchen cupboard. On our box, the origin is simply stated as: “Asia, Africa.” We feel this is considerably lacking in transparency. People use spices like black pepper every day but have no idea where they came from and how they were processed and delivered. 

The cardamom, "queen of the spices" is growing along the hills of the Idukki region
The cardamom, "queen of the spices" is growing along the hills of the Idukki region

Moreover, spices are better when they’re fresh. There are so many middlemen in the spice industry, which means the spice has often passed through several hands, travelled on several trucks, and been stored in many warehouses, increasing the transport time. When the spices finally arrive at the supermarket after their long journey, their smell and taste is (almost) gone.

In addition, when you shop in an outdoor market, the provenance is rarely mentioned and most of the time is simply unknown. Vendors are selling large quantities, frequently in market stalls, which are often lacking in hygiene and generate a loss of flavor.

Vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cumin, cloves, saffron, coriander, turmeric… Rediscover the intense and unique flavors of these spices and consume them in a more ethical and sustainable way. 

Black pepper harvest of March 2019, Idukki, Kerala
Black pepper harvest of March 2019, Idukki, Kerala
                                  My precious!
My precious!

 Reinventing how we consume spices in a new and ethical way 

Today, the work of the spice farmers is undervalued. These farmers must be at the center point as they are the ones with the know-how. They are the one who will grow extraordinary spices.

Yaksha works directly with local farmers around the world. We meet their families and get to know them as people. We maintain close ties with each of our partners by creating strong relationships and long-term partnerships. We guarantee them financial stability and better social conditions.

The current pattern of spice routing is outdated, based on a colonialist model. The present industry’s grey area benefits resellers who purposely hide product origins and unjustly increase their financial margins. Yaksha innovates by selling spices directly to the consumer while reducing social inequalities between sellers and farmers.

When you buy Yaksha's spices at an equitable and above-market price, you improve the way of living of farmers and their farming practices. The can invest into better natural way of growing spices that results into a rich biodiversity. This biodiversity makes soil fertile and healthy, which helps farmers producing high quality and natural spices for you.
When you buy Yaksha's spices at an equitable and above-market price, you improve the way of living of farmers and their farming practices. The can invest into better natural way of growing spices that results into a rich biodiversity. This biodiversity makes soil fertile and healthy, which helps farmers producing high quality and natural spices for you.
Yaksha's turmeric, waiting to be cleaned and dried by our farmer in Idukki
Yaksha's turmeric, waiting to be cleaned and dried by our farmer in Idukki

It’s also essential to ensure complete traceability of spices grown on the other side of the world to guarantee transparency along the entire supply chain. With Yaksha’s model, spices will no longer be mixed together with others since the sale is direct— between the farmers, Yaksha and you. 

Bring meaning to your purchase by consuming Yaksha spices!

Meeting an organic certified farmer near Kumily
Meeting an organic certified farmer near Kumily
What makes our spices stand out?
What makes our spices stand out?

Why do we need your financial support?

• Rent and accommodate a storage room for the spices (shelves, storage boxes, ventilation system): 600 CHF per month for 12 months, 7,200 CHF

• Spice packaging equipment (weighing scale, packaging assembly, labeling): 1,500 CHF 

• Concept, design, ordering and printing of Yaksha's packaging: 2,000 CHF

• Printing of packaging: 1,000 CHF

• Purchase of the first stock of spices: 100kg minimum + import fees: 1,400 CHF

Fresh cardamom from Idukki before harvest
Fresh cardamom from Idukki before harvest
Visiting the farm of our local producer near Kumily
Visiting the farm of our local producer near Kumily
Our Yaksha masala chai (tea + spices)
Our Yaksha masala chai (tea + spices)
Our masala chai with Kerala spices!
Our masala chai with Kerala spices!
Our spices!
Our spices!
Our cookbook "Easy Spices" (will be send in PDF format)
Our cookbook "Easy Spices" (will be send in PDF format)
Discover recipes learnt from local people met during our trips around the world
Discover recipes learnt from local people met during our trips around the world

Risks and challenges

The main challenge of this project will be selling the first big stocks (after the one of the crowdfunding campaign) in a short delay of time to respect the philosophy and values ​​of Yaksha, which is the direct sale of fresher spices. The second risk is the high costs in Switzerland to the rent a storage room, which must be paid while making little profit the first years.

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    Our e-cookbook "Easy Spices"

    Get our e-book of 15 exclusive easy recipes using spices, collected from locals we’ve met during our travels.

    These unique recipes will bring delicious new flavors to your table and impress your guests.

    Become an expert in spicy cuisine!

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    Yaksha black pepper, from Idukki (50g)

    Black pepper is the most used spice in our kitchen. It’s unfortunate that we often neglect its quality.

    Our pepper is produced by an organic farmer in the region of Idukki in Kerala, India. On his 10 hectares of land, he cultivates his spices with passion, rigor and love. Yaksha pepper is tender and its taste is intense.

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    Yaksha cardamom, from Idukki (50g)

    Cardamom is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines (try it in your coffee) and also plays a big part in Swedish cooking. Cardamom is mainly used for baking and curries.

    Our cardamom is produced by an organic farmer in the region of Idukki in Kerala, India. On his 10 hectares of land, he cultivates his spices with passion, rigor and love. Yaksha cardamom is sweet with an intense flavor.

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    Yaksha turmeric, from Idukki (50g)

    Turmeric is a spice with a thousand virtues for health. For example, it is anti-carcinogenic.

    Our turmeric is produced by an organic farmer in the Idukki region of Kerala, India. On his 10 hectares of land, he cultivates his spices with passion, rigor and love.

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    Yaksha turmeric has a high quantity of curcumin and its taste is intense.

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    EARLY BIRD: Yaksha SUPER PACK 3 spices!

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    You’ll receive a box containing three Yaksha spices from an independent producer in the Idukki region of Kerala, India: black pepper (50 g), turmeric (50 g) and cardamom (50 g).

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    Yaksha CHAI TEA (tea + spices, 50g)

    Treat yourself to a delicious traditional masala chai (tea with spices). We work with an independent producer living in the mountains of the Idukki region of Kerala, India. On his 10 hectares of land, he cultivates his spices with passion and is certified 100% organic (INDOCERT). Our organic tea comes from the same region, from a farmer practicing zero-waste farming.

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    Support us and share this delicious tea with your family, your friends or your loved ones!

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    LATE BIRD: Yaksha SUPER PACK 3 spices!

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    Yaksha DUO PACK: 2 spices!

    Why not completely renew your spice stock?

    Turmeric and black pepper each have health benefits, due to the compounds curcumin and piperine. As piperine enhances curcumin absorption in the body, combining the spices magnifies their effects!

    You’ll receive a box containing two Yaksha spices, from an independent producer in the Idukki region of Kerala in India: black pepper (50 g) and turmeric (50 g) a

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    Yaksha SUPER PACK: 3 spices!

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    EARLY BIRD: Yaksha MEGA PACK - 5 spices!

    Renew your spice stock!

    You’ll receive a box of 5 Yaksha organic single-origin spices from two independent producers in the regions of Idukki and Alleppey in Kerala, India: black pepper (50 g), turmeric (50 g), cardamom (50 g), nutmeg (50 g), and ginger powder (50 g).

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    LATE BIRD: Yaksha MEGA PACK - 5 spices!

    Renew your spice stock!

    You’ll receive a box of 5 Yaksha organic single-origin spices from two independent producers in the regions of Idukki and Alleppey in Kerala, India: black pepper (50 g), turmeric (50 g), cardamom (50 g), nutmeg (50 g), and ginger powder (50 g).

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    Yaksha MEGA PACK: 5 spices!

    Renew your spice stock!

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    • Yaksha single origin nutmeg from Wayanad (50g)
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