Where do you guys buy your pepper from? What types do you like? Also, got any cool grinders worth showing? I feel that I need an upgrade.
I buy telicherry pepper from Penzey's
When I run low I plan to check out Pepper-Passion.com. They have several varieties I have not tried and some hand-turned pepper mills in exotic woods.
+1 on Pepper Passion
I usually buy my spices from The Spice House in Chicago. Lately I've been buying whole tellicherry pepper from Costco, under their Kirkland brand. I use a blade-style coffee grinder to grind my spices--fast and cheap.
Too late... Great stuff. You know, I was thinking about getting a lathe one of these days... As for pepper, I usually also get the Tellicherry from Penzey's, but this looks like a great site. I was also thinking about getting some fleur de sel, looks like they have a good variety there. Fortunately, I get some really nice local salts in the supermarket. Not to lead this astray, but people mostly seem to be using black pepper. I use at least as much, if not more, white pepper - is that a European thing or am I just strange?
Pepper-Passion.com. However, they've run out of their fabulous Talamanca del Caribe black pepper and don't currently expect to be able to get any more -- if they ever do, BUY IT! (They do have the white Talamanca, but I've never tried it).
Hermosa Beach, California
I have a bunch of the Talamanca del Caribe stocked away. They won't be getting it back in.... The farm was plowed under
I am the owner of Pepper-Passion and saw a bunch of referrals coming from this forum so I thought I would check out what is going on. Being a part time professional woodworker I appreciate the virtue and the zen of seeking to obtain the perfect cutting edge, but let me say a few words about pepper.
As near as I can tell, we have the broadest selection of peppercorns available in the USA. We have eight black, three whites, two greens and rose. I know there are a few other obscure varieties out there but they are not available in the USA. It is true about the Talamanca Black no longer being available. We sold out last December and the farm no longer is planted in pepper.
The best advice I can offer a pepper lover is to try one of our sampler packs. The black peppercorn sampler pack is one of our best sellers and people love sampling the different varieties. The good news is that they are all unique and different in subtle ways just like good wines. It is a great way to compare and discover your personal favorite. Most repeat customers order the larger bags of their favorites after working their way through the samplers. We also have some "peppery" recipes to try. Best of all this is an affordable luxury.
Pepper mills is another topic altogether. My mills are handcrafted and downright expensive. Not affordable for all but a nice luxury if you like "jewelry"for your dining room table. The function is there but you are paying for art. I joke that the pepper "tastes better coming out of my mills".
Lastly, we have a permanent coupon code "MALABAR" for our repeat customers that will save you 10% off your order. Being a contrarian, I would prefer to give a better deal to my loyal repeat customers. I am also offering a $10.00 coupon to customers who register on our site and take the time to write a product rating/review for products that they have purchased from us. Hope you will give us a try. It is a fun ride.