The story of this spicy pair begins with the Peugeot factory in 19th century Montbéliard, Franche-Comté, France. Where, among other products, they began manufacturing pepper mills and coffee grinders in 1842.
Interesting, the company’s entry into the vehicle market was by means of crinoline dresses, which used steel rods, leading to umbrella frames, saw blades, wire wheels, and ultimately bicycles…This in turn, led to cars, like many a good fashion statement. Peugeot: the car company, bike company and grinder company parted ways in the early 1900s.
More than 160 years later, the Peugeot mill and grinder are still a mainstay in most famous chef’s kitchens. Every chef knows that the quality of one’s dishes starts with the quality of one’s ingredients. Sometimes, those ingredients are enhanced or hampered by the tools used to harvest and use that ingredient. Such is the case with spices of all kinds.
If you want to get the most flavour and aroma from any spice or seasoning, it is essential to address the physical characteristics of that spice. Peugeot recognized the logic of this and embarked on creating spice-specific mechanisms that ensured the best milling results for each type of spice.