When Cyrilla Suwarsa’s husband asked her to marry him, he also invited her to move into his apartment, with one condition: her cashews would have to stay outside the house. That’s when Suwarsa’s business, relocated from her living room to a cubicle-sized office in DUMBO.
Importing cashews from small farms in Java, Indonesia, her family seasons the nuts with garlic, palm sugar, coconut milk, Thai chilies and other Southeast Asian flavors. Once each batch is roasted, the cashews are either mailed to customers or sold locally. While the size of the business is as small as one can imagine, its reach extends across the globe, setting its roots in a small farming community on the other side.
© Soundtrack credit: "Doorway to Java" by James Boo.