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#KALTBACH Refinement

The art of the Cheese refinement from first hand

Only through the unique interaction between man and nature are our masterpieces created. It takes a lot of patience, expertise, careful care and attention to detail. And the valuable knowledge about our refinement process is nowhere written down but, only passed on orally. Learn from the sympathetic Cavemaster Michu, what is important in the refinement and which KALTBACH Cheese is his favorite.

Climate

Thanks to the natural moisture that the quartz stores in the rock, our sandstone Cave offers the perfect conditions for the Cheese refinement. The Cave is 15 meters below ground and has a constant temperature of 12.5 degrees throughout the year. Learn more about the unique climate of the KALTBACH Cave.

Selection

Not every Cheese is suitable for refinement in our sandstone Cave. Only the best Cheeses can create the KALTBACH masterpieces. The selection requires a lot of experience and instinct. Michu tells you what is so important.

Care

The Cheese refinement art is perfected in the KALTBACH Cave. During the ripening time, the Cheese is regularly checked, so that our Cavemasters can decide on the appropriate care of the different varieties. At peak times, up to 120,000 Cheese wheels are stored in the Cave.

Patience

Good things take a while: A high-quality KALTBACH Le Gruyère AOP or KALTBACH Emmentaler AOP has a ripening time of 12 to 14 months. Before they are released and labeled, the Cavemasters review and try each Cheese loaf again. Michu has a lot of patience and admits what he does when he loses it anyway!

Quiet Expertise

The sense of Cheese refinement can not be studied. You only get it through years of experience on site. How the refinement process works is nowhere written, but passed on from Cavemaster to Cavemaster. Here are some of their secrets.

Love

Michu is still fascinated by the unique taste and the various nuances of the KALTBACH Cave-aged Cheese. He is particularly proud, when he succeeds in refining a Cheese exactly to his taste. What his taste is, he describes you best right himself. 

THIS IS HOW KALTBACH MASTERPIECES ARE CREATED

ROOM TEMPERATURE 12.5°C
HUMIDITY 95%
REFINEMENT STEP SELECTION

The Cheese has already been maturing for several months, looked after with great care. This is when our KALTBACH cave masters get active. They select the finest wheels, because only these are suitable for cave aging and have the potential to become a true KALTBACH masterpiece.

REFINEMENT STEP CARE

The wheels of cheese are regularly brushed with cave wash by our cave masters. This ensures that the nuances of flavour perfectly penetrate the cheese. The result: unparalleled flavour with the distinctive KALTBACH tanginess.

REFINEMENT STEP TURNING

Each step of the KALTBACH cave refinement is meticulously planned – including the perfect moment to turn over the wheels for the optimum ripening process. Thus our cave masters ensure that the wheels can continue to ripen with consistent quality.

REFINEMENT STEP FEELING & TESTING

Our cheese wheels are thoroughly examined in every respect to verify that they meet our high standards. This includes the mandatory taste test.

REFINEMENT STEP LISTENING

The KALTBACH cheese specialities are examined using all five senses. The tapping lets our cave masters recognize any inconsistencies and assess the degree of ripeness of the cheese.

REFINEMENT STEP REST

Caring the wheels is vital, but no less important are the tranquillity and climate of the cave. After all, good things take time. The unique interaction of the master and the cave lets the unique KALTBACH flavour develop to perfection.

REFINEMENT STEP LABELING

The moment has arrived – with a blend of unique climate, craftsmanship and tranquillity in harmony with the KALTBACH sandstone cave, our cave masters have created masterpieces that have more than earned the KALTBACH label.