“Comté began from necessity, not luxury. The Jura winters are brutal, snowy, and long. Comté preserved milk into hearty wheels that could feed villages for many months. Farmers led their herds up the mountains in the summer to take advantage of the short season of green grass and plentiful blossoms, then returned to lower-altitude pastures when the first frosts came.”
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Arturo Chiriboga, is Ecuadoran. Political turmoil in his home country motivated Chiriboga and his wife, who is of German descent, to move to Bavaria as young adults. He landed a job at the Obere Muhle creamery 17 years ago and has been there ever since.
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“…But your breakfast could be even better. DTLA Cheese, on the south wall of the market, is well-stocked with the Beurre de Baratte ($12 for 250 grams) for from the young cheese master Rodolphe Le Meunier, who is kind of the Jimmy Page of affineurs, a genuine Meilleur Ouvrier de France. (Beurre de Baratte is butter made the old-fashioned way; churned rather than extracted with a centrifuge.)”
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Los Angeles cheese counters could soon be a lot less aromatic, with several popular cheeses falling victim to a more zealous U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Roquefort — France’s top-selling blue — is in the agency’s cross hairs along with raw-milk versions of Morbier, St. Nectaire and Tomme de Savoie.
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The Comté Cheese Association has announced that an updated Comté Wheel of Aromas is now available. The Comté Wheel of Aromas illustrates the 83 terms or descriptors that correspond to the most frequently found natural aromas in Comté, grouped within six families: Lactic, Fruity, Roasted, Vegetal, Animal and Spicy. Made exclusively in the Jura Mountain region of France, Comté is an artisanal, PDO cheese. Each wheel of Comté reflects a unique terroir, a season of production, and centuries of cheesemaking and affinage traditions. Download your copy here.