Essie Bartels

For one little girl, the journey started in her mother’s tiny kitchen in Ghana where her love affair with spice was ignited. Her flavourful journey continued all over the globe, spurred by her insatiable appetite for travel. She played with exotic palates; she tested cuisines, she concocted condiments. As her experiments with spices grew, so did the demand for her homemade sauces which all boiled down to what you now find in her jars: bottled up joy handed down through three generations to spice up your life. That little girl was Essie, and what she created was Essiespice.

Essie Bartels is the owner and CEO of Essiespice a culinary enterprise bringing together unlikely flavours from around the world & creating a fusion of delectable sauces & spice blends. 

Essie moved to the United States from Ghana at 18 and spent the first part of her career at a multinational corporation, seeing the world. In her seventh year of her corporate job the New Jersey native began working on EssieSpice part time. For two years she persevered in trying to build the company. Then she lost her job late 2015 and decided to work on EssieSpice exclusively for six months, this turned out to be the best decision she made. Her hard work began to pay off and soon the retail stores came calling as she garnered media interest. 

Now you can find Essiespice on the shelves of popular food stores in New York, including Forager’s Market, Wholefoods and Westerly Natural Market.

(©2019 – profile correct as of January 2019)