The cheeses from Andre Farm are the first in Estonia to get international top quality stars .
Andre Farm has been a dairy farm for 20 years. Wish to enhance the work of our cows led to and idea and execution of cheese dairy. In August 2015 we got our firt cheeses ready. Our cheese Andre Special got two golden stars and Andre Grand got maximum of three golden stars.
What are these iTQ stars of quality?
The “iTQi Superior Taste Award”, a stamp of quality in taste!
The “Superior Taste Award” is the only stamp of quality in taste granted by food and drink opinion leaders that are Michelin starred Chefs and Sommeliers.
The iTQi jury, regrouping 17 different nationalities, is composed of members of prestigious culinary institutions of Europe such as, the Maîtres Cuisiniers of France, the Académie Culinaire de France, the Academy of Culinary Arts, Euro-Toques, the Federazione Italiana Cuochi, the Nordic Chefs Association, the Federación de Cocineros de España (Facyre), the World Master Chefs Society, the Verband der Köche Deutschlands as well as the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) for drinks.
A star studded evaluation
Similarly to the Michelin guide of gastronomy, iTQi does not organize a competition but rewards products on their own merits. Only products having received a mark superior to 70% will be granted a « Superior Taste Award » of one, two or three golden stars.
- 1 golden star: overall mark in between 70 and 80 % : good taste
- 2 golden stars: overall mark in between 80 and 90% : remarkable taste
- 3 golden stars: overall mark equal to or over 90% : exceptional taste
A sensory analysis based on the intensity of gustatory pleasure!
During the tests, each product is subjected to an individual blind tasting according to a rigorous sensory analysis procedure.
The tasters are asked to evaluate the products as if they were having them in their family home, not according to the standards of their restaurants.
Every evaluated product is scrutinized in the shape of a sensory analysis report for which criteria such as olfaction, vision, taste, after taste, texture, etc. are all taken into account by each Jury member. The latter also write comments and, when needed, suggestions for improvements.
After the tasting session, iTQi draws up a detailed graph of the different grades and summarizes the comments and suggestions of the Jury members for the participating companies. This information is truly appreciated by the producers as it helps to better understand the Jury’s opinion and become aware of potential areas of improvement.
For more information, please visit our website www.itqi.com
The milk is produced by 180 milk cows at Andre Farm. Not all of the milk is used to make cheese at the moment, but soon we want to be able to use all of the milk for producing cheese.