We did not have to travel very far to find the best apples for our teas. In Lindau, the Bioland apple farmer Claudius Haug from ÖKOBO (Producers’ association for organic fruit from the Lake Constance area) is the right man in the right place for Lebensbaum.
The almost maritime, mild climate of Lake Constance ensures that the apples have a perfectly balanced sugar–acid ratio.
It is, however, the case that a whole apple does not fit into every teacup. And cutting them into small pieces and drying them are things we cannot do ourselves. This is where we consult the experts. Not too far away from Lindau, and already in the right direction toward northern Germany, lies the solution. Our Lake Constance apples are cleaned, cut into small pieces and carefully dried according to type at the company Völpel in Königsmoos. Just the way we want it. Anton Völpel constructed the first drying facility more than 50 years ago. Today the company boasts the latest machinery with a combined heat and power unit and heat recovery. Obviously, the operation is eco-certified. Lebensbaum has been working with the Völpel family for 25 years now.
As with Völpel, we have been working together with specialist companies on special production processes for many years, because we do not expect either ourselves or other people to be able to do everything. In what they can do, however, our partners are the best.