The New World Dawns
Janos has a Dream.
During a time when everything is changing, János Kotányi seizes an opportunity: He wants to share the flavors of Austro-Hungarian cuisine through his ground paprika and his recipes.
In addition to his spices, Janós also published cookbooks so his recipes can bring the joy of cooking to even more people.
Kotányi's Early Years
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János makes his ground paprika in Szeged, Hungary in 1881, and later in Vienna. It will soon become a staple in countless kitchens.
János' ground paprika is bagged and packaged by hand.
His ground paprika is distributed throughout the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in horse-drawn carriages.
János begins working as a spice merchant at the age of 14. A few years later, he opens his first store.
What will soon become the famous Special Sweet Paprika is, at first, simply known as rose paprika from Szeged.
Some of the very first packaging for Kotányi paprika from around 1900. The Hungarian national colors are still part of the logo, 140 years later.
The Eiffel Tower serves as a colossal entry gate to the 1889 Paris Exposition. János walks through it and is overwhelmed. He decides he will use it as a symbol for his paprika.
Meanwhile, János has made a name for himself, thanks to his paprika. This is sold in a shaker designed to resemble the Eiffel Tower.
János also nicknamed the dancing paprika on the sachets the "Eiffel Tower".