This is a place for cheese lovers, a meeting point, an earthy paradise. Besides buying cheese, here you can taste it, discover unknown flavours, fascinating stories, origins and kinds, and above all, enjoy like never before.
This place is a dream come true for three families of artisan cheesemakers: Álvaro Carral and María Martínez, from Quesería La Jarradilla, in Cantabria; Rubén Valbuena, founder of Cantagrullas (Valladolid), and Juan Carlos Hernández, owner of a very special cheese store in Medina del Campo (Valladolid), Los Quesos de Juan. With years of experience in manufacturing and selling cheeses, the team has taken a step further creating a space where they sell directly from producer to customer at a fair price, promoting craftsmanship and revealing the fascinating universe behind such a humble product.
This is precisely what makes this place unique: they do not only sell cheese, but stories. They invite us to try their varieties and while we enjoy flavours and textures, they reveal some misteries: who made it, where, using which ingredients and techniques, letting us understand what makes it so special. They personally know the story behind each item in the store, artisan cheeses made from raw milk with plenty of time, love and respect for tradition and the environment.
We find a selection of twenty cheeses that look amazing and really appealing on the counter, mostly made in Spain but also in England, France, Italy and Holland and represent the different technological families for cheese making in the world. There’s also fresh milk, yogurt, cream cheese and butter (plain, with herbs, fleur de sel, truffle oil…) with a quality that is hard to find in Madrid. They have made a commitment with quality instead of quantity that makes us really happy…
In the backroom we find an atelier, “Taller Conde Duque“, a large and cozy room with a huge wooden table where they organize workshops, tastings and private events. They share this space with Chris Tonge, creator of Home Cake, a bakery project with a beautiful story worth knowing. He sells delicious cakes in the bakery next door, our beloved Panic, and we can also taste them at several cafés in Madrid, like Toma Café in Malasaña.
The store opened just three months ago in a blooming neighborhood, Conde Duque, but is certainly here to stay. Hopefully in 2015 we celebrate the opening of new businesses who share the same spirit: excellence, simplicity, kindness and time to share not only good products, but also a great conversation.
Quesería Conde Duque is located in calle Conde Duque 15, Madrid. Metro stations: San Bernardo (Lines 2 & 4) and Argüelles (Lines 3, 4, 6). Contact: 912 50 28 45. Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday from 11am to 9pm; Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Open every weekday on December.