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Humboldt Hotsauce

Humboldt Hotsauce is comprised of a husband and wife team living the hot sauce dream, and 4 local business entrepreneurs that have a passion for gourmet, healthy hot sauce! The company began in 2009, before the BIG hot sauce boom, when craft hot sauce companies were still coming together and a “healthy, fresh ingredient, non-vinegar based” hot sauce style was unheard of. Humboldt Hotsauce is different than other hot sauces, due to it's use of fresh, clean, ingredients, and layers of flavor created by Chef, Cal Ferris. The first taste of this sauce typically offers a little heat and a few of the main ingredients. Then as the sauce continues to burn, you will get different layers of flavor and depth. Chef Cal want's YOU to play with the hot sauces by adding them to everyday foods, to create dishes with more complex flavors, with simply the shake of a few drops of our hot sauces into any dish.

The idea of a healthy hot sauce, came about in Cal's Portland, Oregon restaurant "Cool Runnings Cafe" in 2002. What started as a table side condiment at the Cafe, soon became one of the most popular requested items. Cal and Heidi were slinging chutney by the paper to-go coffee cup, and in 2005, they decided to focus just on the hot sauce and closed the Cafe. After a few years of planning, they moved to Humboldt with no jobs, no place to live and a dream.

2009, the first batch of Habanero-Mango hot sauce was bottled, and it was quickly added to the local Humboldt County Co-ops,
Natural Food Stores and small Gourmet Shops. It was in 2011 when the second sauce was released, the "Island Style", followed by the "Emerald" hot sauce in 2012. It was then that thecompany really began to expand. Currently, the original three hot sauces are being featured in markets all over the U.S. including 90+ Kroger Fred Meyer markets in Oregon, Washington State, Idaho and Alaska and in a specialty shop in Canada.
You will soon be able to find Humboldt Hotsauce's sauces and dry rubs Nation Wide!

In 2014, Cal teamed up with Cafe Nooner Owners,Joe and Lorrena Filgas, in Eureka California to create the "Smokin Hot Nooner".
This hot sauce has great flavor and a mild heat profile with smoky chipotles, jalapeno, ginger, orange, onions, carrots and roasted pasilla peppers,
and pairs perfectly with eggs, burritos, and potatoes, and can be added to mayo to create a beautiful aioli for sandwiches!

Humboldt Hotsauce can also be seen in "The Collection", owned by chilehead and Chef, Vic Clinco, who is best known for having the
largest collection of Hot Sauces in the World, according to Guinness Book of World Records!

In December of 2018, The “Island Style” was featured in FUEGO BOX and got rave reviews by the recipients!

Humboldt Hotsauce can be seen in several blogs and food publications.
It has also been featured on Los Angeles morning news channel 7, when doing a piece on the "California Hot Sauce Expo", held in Anaheim, California.
The Island was presented in a line-up of other great hot sauce makers, including Puckerbutt, with owner, Ed Currie,
who is the creator of the Carolina Reaper Pepper and the Pepper X, (the hottest pepper in the world)
and Steve Seabury, creator of several Hot Sauce Expos
all throughout the United States and owner of High River Sauces.

Humboldt Hotsauce has won several awards, including 2 awards recently received
at the 2019 Scovie Awards -
Island Style received 2nd Place in the Fruit Hot Sauce Category.
Interestingly enough,
TIED for 2nd Place in the Fruit Hot Sauce Category with our newest creation, the Trinidad Stinger.

Humboldt Hotsauce currently offers 5 varieties of hot sauces and 3 dry rubs.

Cal has been working as a Chef for over 25 years and has grown his love of food and sauces, into a passion for hot sauces.

Cal has traveled all over the world and has a certain love for Caribbean, Creole and Island style foods. His hot sauce's feature flavors from his travels,
with ingredients such as mango and pineapple, and other tropical ingredients.

Heidi, has worked in the Food and Beverage industry for over 25 years. The last 12 years, she has worked as an event planner both in
Portland and in Northern California. She now works full time as the Sales and Marketing Manager for Humboldt Hotsauce.

Cal and Heidi currently make small batch hot sauce's out their certified kitchen in Arcata, CA!

Mailing Address: PO Box 460 Arcata, California 95518



(707) 845-1800

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