Meet the Maker-Walter Niklaus


a man and his treasures

Meet Walter Niklaus, the cheesemaker

Part three of our Adopt-an-Alp adventure is a little bit about who makes the cheese and his team.

Walter Niklaus makes Alp Maran cheese, other cheeses, and butter as part of an award-winning team in Switzerland. 

Niklaus trained as a master cheesemaker and has been the head of the dairy Maran for just short of a decade and his time and patience with shows with the beautiful cheese he's made and the awards he's won. Most recently his Alp Maran cheese won Best in Show!

The dairy belongs to the community of Chur and the Farmers' Cooperative Chur is responsible for running the dairy. Niklaus works for them--at 1850+m above sea level.

Niklaus appreciates the ability to sell cheese directly to the nearby hotel and restaurant and also is able to export around 150 wheels of cheese to curd fans here in the states--including the 4 wheels of the Best in Show cheese that are coming here to Curds & Co.

So get ready to yodel and eat alp cheese--the next step in our adventure is our party, and you're all invited. Stay tuned for details!

Swiss and cheese,

the curds&co crew


Where for art thou, Alp Maran?

alpMaran with cows.jpg

Where in the world ... 

is Alp Maran?

In our last Adopt-an-Alp blog post, I promised to share where this lovely cheese heaven is located so we put together a short video for you.

I'm not sure there is a more beautiful place to eat grass and make milk but if I were a cow, this is where I'd like to be.

In our next blog, we'll not only tell you a little bit about the cheesemaker, but also about his obsession with holes. We'll also be telling you about a very, very special celebration we'll be having that you can join us for that will include a little Swiss fun, a wedge of our Maran Raclette, delicious pairings and fun tools you can use for eating it. There will be a limited number of tickets available for this event since our cheese supply is limited, so stay tuned!


the curds&co. crew


Adopt an Alp is here!


We've adopted an Alp!

Eh, a what??

Have you ever heard of Alp style cheese? 

Alpine cheese is quite simply cheese that is made in the Alps (Mountains). The cheesemakers take the cows up into the mountains during the summer months where the cows happily eat the beautiful grass and flowers that are grown during this short time. The practice is called transhumance and it involves the movement of people and animals according to the season. It can be a quiet solitary time up in the mountains milking the cows and making the cheese but it has been going on for centuries--and we get to benefit from the tasty creations made lovingly by the cheesemakers.

In support of these delicious cheeses we are participating in the Adopt an Alp program to help get more people to understand the tradition of Alpine cheese and get more people tasting the delicious wheels!

Curds and Co. has adopted Alp Maran which means we'll be sharing more information on them over the coming weeks both in store and online. We'll also be celebrating the arrival of 4 reserved wheels just for you, our customers. Stay tuned to find out more about our cheese and how you can reserve your own wedge of wonder.

In our next Adopt an Alp blog we'll be telling you more about where exactly our Alp is! Get your maps ready! 

raclette and fondue,

Jenn and the curds&co crew

Kicking Things Off

Welcome to our little piece of cheese heaven. We're excited to have you read our blog, come to our classes, and of course, visit our shop. We'll be using this blog to give you all sorts of interesting information. I hope you'll excuse us if we don't use it as a traditional marketing tool. We are here to teach you about cheese in a friendly and tasty way and we think that will speak for itself. So here you'll find interesting things we want to share with you, stories we've heard and more about what we're working on. 

We'll be back tracking shortly with some fun pictures and video of how this place came into being. We hope you'll enjoy seeing how we got here--but we'll also show you where we're headed. 

Stay tuned and thanks for the warm welcome!