Jones the Grocer has earned the right to brag a little: Thanks to its impeccably sourced products, the brand boasts many Great Taste awards – known as “the Oscars of the food world” – and prides itself on its legacy of selecting the finest ingredients from local and international suppliers.
First established in Australia in 1996, Jones the Grocer has expanded to several other countries in the region including Cambodia and Dubai, with two locations in Singapore.
These popular stores and cafes are all about “fresh and honest, gorgeous and glorious gourmet cuisine with an artisan focus,” says retail manager Oliver Sutton, adding that Jones the Grocer sources its brands and private label suppliers first by looking at what products its customers are most likely to be interested in.
“This ranges from unique kitchen gadgetry to pantry staples to snacks, impulse items, artisan cheese, charcuterie and other high-quality or specialty ingredients,” says Oliver.
Upon identifying these items, Jones the Grocer aligns itself with producers that source ethically and, in most cases, “all-natural, organic or small-batch product ranges using time-honoured techniques,” says Oliver. The result? Jones the Grocer’s products are colourful, eclectic, unique and always delicious.
Swing by either of its two SG outposts to taste many of its foods and drinks on the spot – served right in their cosy-chic cafes. Then, bring home some of these specialty products.
Produced for centuries in southwest Morocco, this brand of argan oil is said to be one of the healthiest and rarest in the world – it contains three times more vitamin E than olive oil and is believed to lower bad cholesterol.
“The Berber people, have treasured argan oil for centuries, which comes from cold-pressing the seed of the argan fruit immediately after extraction,” explains Dana Elemara, founder of Arganic, an ultra-responsible company. “We even know exactly which tree your bottle came from,” Dana says. Buy bottles at Jones the Grocer from $59, and find it in body lotions, haircare products and more.
Founded by Sir Michael Coleman, this beloved English brand is made from the rare-but-traditional Black Mitcham peppermint, which forms the base for all of Summer Down’s peppermint offerings. Bright, fresh and aromatic, Black Mitcham peppermint differs from other harsher, blended peppermint imports, and has helped Summer Down Mints win nine awards over four years. In addition to the peppermint creams ($16.99), Summer Down is also known for its chocolate mint thins, English peppermint tea and chocolate mini bars.
Established in 1859 in India’s Darjeeling district as one of the world’s first tea factories, Makaibari Tea offers award-winning, handcrafted, organic teas. The factory adopts permaculture – its tea bushes co-exist with the surrounding forests – and it’s the world’s first Fair Trade-certified garden. The must-sip: its prized Silver Tips Imperial blend – a handmade, semi-fermented Oolong tea harvested in small quantities only during the full moon. Purchase it and other flavours from $24.
Handmade with natural fruits and spices, these cordials (from $29.90) don’t contain any additives or preservatives, artificial colouring or flavouring. Choose from four yummy flavours, including Just Mango, made with fresh mango – an excellent source of vitamins A and E – or the Pink Lady & Raspberry, infused with roasted black peppercorns to enhance its taste.
Made in small batches with 100-percent, Australian-grown durum semolina, free-range eggs and all-natural ingredients, these handmade pastas (from $15.50) also utilise traditional bronze dyes, which give it a porous texture. This allows the pasta to retain the maximum amount of sauce for a better taste.
The grocer has Singapore’s first walk-in cheese room, which holds treasures like the Wyfe of Bath from Bath, England; creamy and punchy Roquefort Vieux Berger blue cheese from Rouergue, France; and creamy Gorgonzola Dolce from Lombardy, Italy. Each can be accompanied by dried fruits, nuts, chutneys, crackers, fresh breads and more. Need wine-and-cheese pairing advice? Ask one of the friendly in-store experts for help!
By Hazel Vincent De Paul, The Finder (Issue 291)
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