Our story and name echo a much older tale.
Centuries before us, people traded pepper as part of the spice trade through an ancient network of trade routes called The Silk Road.
The spice trade was vital to the economy of the known world, not only in terms of the goods they traded, but also because of the interaction between cultures it generated. It was literally what connected East and West.
Then, a series of events reshaped the entire world, as we now know it.
There was a hostile takeover of the Byzantine Empire by the Ottoman Turks and it led to a blockade of the Silk Road and spice trade routes, forcing traders to seek new ways of doing business – like creating sea routes. It was a direct trigger to a massive era of fresh thinking, creativity and innovation, what we now call the Age of Discovery.