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Γαλακτοκομικά Προϊόντα & Ζυμαρικά Στ. Λούβαρη or “Ioannas Geyseis” meaning Ioanna’s Flavours, is located in Korthi, Andros and does exactly what its name suggests, producing traditional, pure, and very tasty if we may add, dairy and pasta products.
Mrs Ioanna Louvari, the woman behind it all, was born and raised in Andros and grew up in this business as her mother was also producing cheese and dairy products from local cow milk. As Mrs Louvari says, she took the traditional methods she learned from her mother and changed nothing apart from adding modern safety methods like pasteurizing the milk and sanitizing her tools. As a result, you can taste the journey through the past of these recipes, as they passed from mother to daughter, something which seems will continue since Mrs Louvari’s daughter is also part of the company now. Another quality that remained the same is the local high quality pure milk, which the dairy gets from local small producers.
The products of the dairy are the “malako” (the soft one) cheese, which is a soft cow milk white cheese and “petroti” which is a more dehydrated “malako” after being pressed, traditionally between two stones – petres – which is where the name comes from. Then comes the famous “Volaki”, which comes from “Petroti”, after the latter is broken down and formed by hand into a raindrop shape, which is hanged to dry and results in soft or dry Volaki depending on its drying level. There is also Kefalaki, which also comes from cow’s milk and is a hard yellow cheese close to the Graviera type and comes either plain, with green and pink pepper or with thyme and savory.
As for the pasta, Ioanna’s Flavours specializes in trahanas and hilopites, both traditional Greek pasta classics, which are made with cow’s milk, eggs, from their own chickens when possible, hard flour and semolina.
Apart from cheese and pasta the company also produces butter and in the summer months they also make “rizogalo”, a traditional Greek rice pudding with a lot of cinnamon.
Mrs Louvari wants consumers to know that their products are pure, with no preservatives like her mother and grandmother before her.