Saffron, Welcome to the world's most exquisite spice. An Overview of Quality and Authenticity. - THE SPICE & TEA SHOPPE

Saffron, Welcome to the world's most exquisite spice. An Overview of Quality and Authenticity.

From the rich paellas of Spain to the aromatic biryanis of the Middle East, saffron adds a touch of luxury to dishes, elevating them to new heights of flavor and sophistication. 

Step into the world of culinary excellence and discover the enchanting allure of saffron at The Spice & Tea Shoppe. Known as the "king of spices," saffron holds a revered place in culinary traditions worldwide, celebrated for its vibrant color, distinct aroma, and delicate flavor.


Quality Assurance:

Amidst its esteemed reputation, saffron faces a daunting challenge – adulteration. Unscrupulous vendors often mix it with cheaper substances like turmeric or ground beet powder to increase profitability. At The Spice & Tea Shoppe, we understand the significance of providing our customers with only the highest quality saffron. Our commitment to authenticity and excellence is evident in our selection of "Coup" grade Spanish Saffron, renowned for its superior quality and adherence to strict ISO-3632 standards. Additionally, our Sargol Persian Saffron grade I:> 190 exceeds industry requirements, boasting a remarkable ISO rating of 226. With us, you can trust that you're getting the real deal – pure, unadulterated saffron of the highest caliber.


  • ISO ratings for saffron refer to the grading system established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to measure the quality and purity of saffron threads. The ISO standard for saffron, ISO 3632, specifies various parameters such as color, flavor, aroma, and chemical composition to determine the grade of saffron. 
  • The ISO rating is expressed as a three-digit number, with higher numbers indicating higher quality saffron. The parameters considered in determining the ISO rating include the crocin content (responsible for saffron’ s color), picrocrocin content (responsible for saffron’ s taste), and safranal content (responsible for saffron’ s aroma). 
  • For example, a saffron with an ISO rating of 230 would have a higher concentration of crocin, picrocrocin, and safranal compared to saffron with a lower ISO rating, such as 150. Higher ISO ratings generally indicate saffron of superior quality, with more intense color, flavor, and aroma. 


When purchasing saffron, it's essential to look for products with a higher ISO rating to ensure authenticity and quality. At The Spice & Tea Shoppe, our saffron products adhere to strict ISO standards, guaranteeing premium-quality saffron that enhances your culinary creations with its unmatched flavor and aroma. 

Superior Selection:

Our dedication to sourcing the finest saffron extends beyond quality assurance. We offer a superior selection of saffron varieties, each chosen for its unique flavor profile and culinary versatility. Whether you prefer the robust intensity of Spanish saffron or the delicate floral notes of Persian saffron, our diverse range caters to every taste and preference. 

Labor-Intensive Production:

 he preciousness of saffron lies in its labor-intensive production process. Harvesting saffron requires meticulous handpicking of delicate stigmas from crocus flowers, with approximately 150,000 flowers yielding just one kilogram of saffron. This painstaking process, coupled with its limited geographical cultivation, contributes to saffron’s premium status in the spice world. 

Proper Blooming Techniques:

To fully harness saffron’s flavor and aroma, proper blooming techniques are essential. Soaking the threads in hot (but not boiling) liquid for 5 to 20 minutes allows the spice to release its full potential, enhancing the richness of dishes and elevating culinary creations to new heights. 

In summary, while saffron’s price may initially seem prohibitive, its unparalleled flavor, aroma, and culinary versatility justify its status as one of the world's most coveted spices.

Saffron stands as a testament to culinary luxury, offering unparalleled flavor, aroma, and versatility. With its rich history and labor-intensive production process, saffron embodies the essence of premium quality and authenticity.