One of our newest products is super fresh, flavorful nut butter by District Butter Co. We instantly fell in love with this product: from its well designed label to its ingredient list of simple whole foods, this nut butter shows off everything we love in a product. It is incredibly smooth and rich with a subtle hint of natural sweetness (yet it contains no sugar or honey)! We love it on toast, in smoothies and crepes, or straight from the spoon.
We met up with Clare in her kitchen space at Black Eye Coffee in Denver to watch the magic happen and learn a bit more about her philosophy.
How I Got Started::
Starting this almond butter company sort of happened over night. I just recently received my certificate in Health Coaching, and during school I got really good at experimenting in the kitchen and learning how to make most things myself... almond milk, crispy golden beet chips, kale chips, dips/sauces, etc. One of those things was almond butter. Turns out I liked it way more than what I was buying in any stores, so when my friend gave me the idea to sell it, I called a few friends who own some shops around town and the demand for a local nut butter turned out to be quite high!
What I Love Most and What Have I Created::
There are so many things that I love about making almond butter. There are so many different variations to try out all the time, and it is a really clean product. I like to use coconut oil in most of my nut butters because not only do you get some really healthy fats in there, but it creates a really creamy consistency. All of my nut butters have a really nice hint of sea salt that hits your palate at the end of each bite. My favorite flavor, and the one that seems to be the most popular, is the Walnut Almond Cinnamon. The walnut flavor is subtle and I must say it's quite addictive.
When I moved here::
I am a yoga teacher and Thai Massage Therapist, so when I make almond butter it gives me the chance to step away from all that energy exchange. I get to drink a cup of coffee, turn on some music, and make as many batches as I want. Friends like to come and visit too which makes it even better! I moved to Colorado from Baltimore 4 years ago to see what kind of life I could make, and new and interesting things keep happening which makes my experience so fun. Making almond butter is just one of them.
I am a HUGE fan of Denver's local artisans. There is such a strong locavore community, and everybody is really supportive of each other. I collaborated with Ritual Chocolate to make a Chocolate Almond Butter that turns out to be so delicious. Anna and Robbie over at Ritual are doing something really special and so I love working with people who have a similar goal in mind. This nut butter is simply chocolate, almonds, and sea salt. Yum.
I've got a lot of ideas for new nut butters all the time, but right now I am really enjoying the process and loving each step.