Caju uses repurposed coffee trees as the fuel for our wood-fire ovens. No extra oils added and gluten free.
Nuts sourced directly from local Vietnamese farmers - hand grown and hand harvested with no pesticides or chemicals.
Caju sources all of our cashews from Vietnam. A country renown for its sweet wholesome cashews.
Our secret is we roast the nuts with pure sea salt, then REMOVE the salt to enhance and retain the natural cashew flavors.
Cashews are graded by size, shape, and color. Caju cashews are all whole nuts of the highest quality.
We are a family run company based out of Vietnam and brought to America (San Francisco) by Hai!
"More than 20 years ago in southern Vietnam, Aunt Ngoc, started a small business roasting cashews by hand and selling them to local communities as a means to make a living. Two decades later, Aunt Ngoc and our family are still as passionate as ever about our cashews and we want to share our craft with the rest of the world!
Caju started after my first trip back home to observe the unique cashew cultivation and production process in 2008. I was struck by the amount of hard work, care and personal pride that went into each stage — from the thorough attention given to harvesting each tree, to the handpicking and sorting of each cashew, and finally, to the light salting and roasting of each batch. It was not easy but the result was unforgettable!
After trying these finely roasted morsels, straight from the wood-fire ovens, I knew we were on to something unique and special that everyone around the world needed to experience. When I came back to the US, I founded Caju Company – here in San Francisco.
Driven by the idea that only the highest quality cashews should be used, Caju today refuses to cut corners. The unparalleled standards and work ethic that started years ago is inspirational and continues to drive us toward our greater goals.
Vietnam is a place of unspoiled natural beauty and culture, and today our family wants to bring to you a piece of that beauty from the world’s finest cashews offered by Caju Co. Today, we aim to start a revolution – a nut revolution! A cashew revolution to reshape the cashew industry. A Caju revolution."
- Hai Nguyen
We source from local farmers in southern Vietnam where cashew trees thrive in the climate. Vietnamese cashews are renown worldwide for their naturally sweet flavor and high quality.
Cashews naturally grow on a tree within an inedible hardened shell that needs to be removed before consumption. After harvest, we must steam the freshly picked cashews to soften these outer shells. Then we manually remove them one-by-one to prevent any breaks or degradation of the cashews.
Raw cashews are graded by shape, size and color as defined in this blog post. After removing the shells, we hand sort and select the HIGHEST grades of cashews to go into the roasting process. Hand selecting the highest quality ingredients leads to a drastically higher quality final product which you will only find in Caju cashews.
We fuel our ovens with repurposed coffee trees sourced from local coffee farmers, then add two simple ingredients - raw cashews and sea salt. Nothing else. At the end of the process, we even remove all of the sea salt so that it does not stick to the cashews and overwhelm the flavor. The wood-fire roasting is our favorite part of the process because it gives the cashews their distinct crunch and taste.
Finally, the cashews are deskinned, carefully placed into our packaging, and are ready for consumption! The amount of meticulous manual labor put into making this premium product is what makes it so special. The picking, deshelling, sorting and roasting are all done by hand and are important steps towards our goal of redefining how the world perceives the cashew.
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