This section includes coffees, teas, herbal teas, drinking chocolates and cocktail mixes.
A selection of the best coffees from all over the world, from Grand Cru grown on internationally renowned plantations to exotic coffees that are the result of sophisticated growing and processing techniques, all resulting in exquisite aromas and taste.
Whether rare or well-known, natural or flavoured with aromatic ingredients, black or green, from a single estate or a mix of exotic blends, strong or mild – Ogourmet offers dozens of gourmet teas, each with its own distinctive character. They all, however, share a common characteristic – high quality.
This section covers a wide range of products, from dried vegetables, wild fruits and mushrooms to processed food products derived from plants such as olive oil, flour, rice and pasta.
Ogourmet offers only extra virgin olive oils (EVOO). However, they can differ considerably in flavour according to the varieties of olives used and the methods of harvesting, extraction, conservation, etc.
Intensity of flavour differs considerably from one olive oil to another. Intensity is not a quality as such. A light fruity olive oil may be to your taste or desirable for a certain dish, but might not be not be a good choice for another use. Look for Ari’s advice for help in making the right selection.
Ordinary mushrooms can almost always be replaced with wild mushrooms to obtain exciting new flavours. Consult our recipes to help you enjoy the exquisite taste of some of these mushrooms.
To learn more about mushrooms, consult the guide.
There are about thirty varieties of truffles, with eight of them of culinary interest. In the world of truffles, binomial names (scientific names) must be used on a label to correctly identify the variety of truffle. Common names vary from one region to another and often do not have the same meaning in different languages. In addition, translations on labels can sometimes be very confusing.
The white truffle (Tuber magnatum) is found mainly in northern Italy. It is the rarest and most expensive truffle in the world, with prices sometimes exceeding $10,000 per kilo.
The tastiest truffle is the black winter truffle (Tuber melanosporum). It has a powerful, unforgettable aroma, an intriguing mixture of mineral and animal odours.
To learn more about truffles, consult the guide.
This section includes vinegars, salty toppings, sauces and salad dressings, extracts and flavourings, herbs and spices, mustards, peppers, salts, saffron, vanilla, etc.
Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit juice, or nearly any other liquid containing alcohol that yields its key ingredient, acetic acid.
Among the many types of vinegars, balsamic vinegar occupies a special place. Balsamic vinegar is not, strictly speaking, a wine vinegar since it does not come directly from the oxidation of ethanol in wine. It is, in fact, a food condiment.
To learn more about vinegars, consult the guide.
Vanilla is the only orchid that bears fruit. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, next to saffron. Why? Because extensive labour is required to grow and cure the vanilla seed pods.
Vanilla pods are soft and flexible, oily in appearance, and flavourful. They can be used for many cooking and baking applications. If appearance and looks are not paramount, there is no need to pay dearly for pods.
Vanilla extract is made by transferring the flavour and aromas of vanilla beans into neutral flavoured alcohol. Extracts can come in several forms including solid, liquid or jellylike.
Besides vanillin (85 % of total volatiles), which can be produced industrially, more than 130 other compounds have been identified that contribute to vanilla aroma. Thus, vanilla flavours may vary significantly depending on their origin.
To learn more about vanilla, consult the guide.
Chocolates, sweets & candies, jams & spreads, jellies & syrups, cookies & biscuits, desserts, fruits in alcohol, sugars, etc. – all sorts of goodies to please your sweet tooth.
Jams & Jellies
There is a lot of confusion about the differences between canned fruits, chutneys, compotes, extra jams, fruit butters, fruit preserves, fruit spreads, jams, jellies, marmalades, etc., all sweet delights that appeal to the palate.
All these preparations have a similar base of fruit, water and sugar, but their flavour, texture and appearance differ considerably depending on the proportions of the ingredients used and the method of preparation.
Confusion regarding the use of words to describe preserves made with sugar was so extensive that most countries passed laws and regulations to clarify matters.
Terms defined by governing bodies cannot be used in their respective countries for food products that do not meet agreed upon standards. For example, a fruit product that does not meet the standard for fruit jams may be marketed under another name such as ``fruit topping'', “fruit spread”, etc.
To learn more about jams and jellies, consult the guide.
This section contains all products linked to one or more of the following: Ari’s choice, new product, award winner, wild food, organic, HACCP certified, gluten free, kosher, clearance.
Ari is a chemist and a specialist in sensory analysis. She provides suggestions on how to get the most benefit from Ogourmet fine products. She also gives her best choices, which is a simple, elegant and low-risk way to explore the world of fine foods.
Shelf life is different from expiration date; the former relates to food quality, the latter to food safety.
A product that has passed its shelf life might still be safe, but quality is no longer guaranteed..
In Canada, a durable life date ("best before" date) is not required on prepackaged foods with a durable life of more than 90 days. This statute of limitations does not exist in Europe, where all food products must exhibit their “best before” date. Consequently, some products imported from Europe and sold by Ogourmet may have such a date on the label, even if the shelf life is more than 90 days.
At Ogourmet, our policy is that we don’t sell products that have passed their shelf life, whatever their intrinsic quality or origin.
All products close to the end of their shelf life are sold on clearance at 50 % of their regular price. The clearance section is where Ogourmet customers can find fantastic deals on products still within their recommended shelf life and, in many cases, without any significant or noticeable loss of flavour.
To learn more about shelf life, consult our blog.