A VIBRANT BLEND OF CULTURES AND FLAVOURS. ON THE TIP OF AFRICA, ON THE TOP OF THE TONGUE.

THE CAPE HERB & SPICE COMPANY IS BASED IN CAPE TOWN, A COSMOPOLITAN CITY SITUATED AT THE SOUTH-WESTERN TIP OF AFRICA. THE LOCATION OF THE CITY IS SIGNIFICANT. 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.