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Explore the Rich History and Flavor of a Variety of Artisan Cheese

By Elisha Neubauer

You've probably heard the phrase "artisan cheese" before. But, if you're not a gourmet food buff, you may not truly understand the meaning of the eclectic phrasing. At Caseus, located in New Haven, Connecticut, they want to educate the general public, as well offer a wide variety of such cheeses to the community and food buffs everywhere.

Describing the taste of artisan cheese in general is a difficult feat, as there are so many different varieties. At Caseus, they tend to stock between 100-150 different types of cheese from locations all across the world. "Best way to discover cheese is to try it, and try it all," exclaims Jason Sobocinski, owner of Caseus. "If you go into a cheese shop and they don't let you try a taste of the cheeses you're interested in, don't buy anything. The best part of buying cheeses is to taste them!"

Sobocinski has an interesting take on retailing cheese. To him, they're not just selling cheese. "Our credo is Every Cheese has a Story, and we live by that," he says. "If you're looking for cheese to just cram into your face the supermarket has plenty!" It's not just cheese you get when you shop at Caseus, but a full blown educational experience.

Sobocinski and his staff aim to educate their customers about the cheeses they carry: what they're about, where they're from, and how they were crafted. "Their unique stories enhance the flavors and experiences when eating them."

While gourmet, organic grocers are beginning to pop up across the country, finding high quality artisan cheese is still quite tricky, especially if you're looking for information regarding the product. This was the concept behind Caseus. Sobocinski wanted to make the process of discovering new cheeses accessible to the general public, to everyone in the community. While the cheeses may be slightly more expensive than that of the regular supermarket kind, you're getting a uniquely blended product along with pairing advice, background, and more.

"We want to answer questions and make the entire experience one that is fun and laid back," Sobiocinski states. "It's cheese! It melts and it's delicious with booze, doesn't need to be complicated or snobby!"

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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