It simply tastes good here
Swabian fare is copious, although originally it was poor man’s food. There are dishes such as lentils with spaetzle noodles, Gaisburger Marsch (a stew of diced beef, potatoes, vegetables, fried onions and spaetzle noodles) or Swabian Maultaschen (ravioli). The latter was actually a meal to be eaten during fasting time, but today there are numerous clever and popular variants available on most menus. The people in the region enjoy their food and are proud of their regional products.
Some of the old specialities have to be rediscovered again. The Limpurger cattle of the Hohenlohe region had almost become extinct, just like the pig native to Schwaebisch-Hall. The old Alb lentil variety is now being cultivated once again on the Swabian Alb, and the Alb buffalo has reappeared. The unique old variety of Filderspitzkraut cabbage is also being cultivated on the Fildern hills. The meadow orchards have likewise again become a lovely sight in the landscape, since the best brandies can be distilled from their fruit. Not everyone would favour sour tripe. But few people will turn down a dish of well-prepared fried beef and onions in gravy.
Delicatessen products from all over the world are offered by Feinkost Boehm, whose unsettled history goes back to 1889. A superb wine department, distinguished by the wine trade journal “Weinwirtschaft” as “Wine Department of the Year 2010”, offers about 1,500 different wines and 600 spirits. Connoisseurs of authentic Italian delicacies can find everything their heart desires at Di Gennaro, pioneer of the Italian food and wine culture in Germany. KESSLER, Germany’s oldest brand of sparkling wine with roots in the Champagne region of France, produces its products in Esslingen am Neckar since 1826. Also originating from Esslingen is Hengstenberg, well known for its sauerkraut, sour pickles and mustards. Less well known are the hand-rolled cigars of the brand Laura Chavin, located in Hochdorf an der Enz. The Ritter family has preserved the sweet, successful recipe of its chocolate brands for about 100 years. Ritter Sport now sells many variations of its chocolate candies in some 90 countries.The region boasts culinary specialities that are offered for sale all over the world, and some that can only be found regionally. The local pretzel tastes best when bought locally, as does the fried apple cake (Apfelkuechle), pancake strips (Flaedle) and the Gaishirtle variety of pear.
A family story: Coffee manufacture since 1930
There is a story behind every success – and at Hochland Kaffee it is a family story. This success story began on September 24, 1930, at exactly 8 a.m., when the key turned in the lock of the building at Koenigstrasse 45 for the first time. Nobody had thought it possible, except for Gustav and Antonie Hunzelmann. As non-locals coming from the far north of Germany, they founded a small but fine coffee roasting shop in Stuttgart. After the death of her husband in 1933, Antonie Hunzelmann took over the business. In 1968 the company moved to a new building and business headquarters in Stuttgart-Degerloch.
Hochland Kaffee is the only coffee roasting firm in Germany to have received a fair trade award. This was awarded in 2001 by the President of Costa Rica.
Hochland Kaffee is still a family company today – managed in the third generation by Martina Hunzelmann. With an annual production of approximately 1,000 tons, it is also the largest coffee manufacturer in Germany. And one of the best, as the “Feinschmecker” magazine already determined in 2005, ranking the Hochland “Kaffeestunde” as “the best filter coffee ever”.