Handmade artisanal cheese brand, Maia Cheese, recently opened its flagship store in Cinnamon Lakeside to make their products more accessible to their loyal clientele. Maia Cheese is the brainchild of Georgian master cheesemaker Maia Donadze who started the brand in 2005 in Goa, India and later moved to Sri Lanka in 2015. Maia Cheese is based in Madipola, Matale.
Commenting on the landmark event, founder Maia Donadze said: “I am very thankful to the wonderful people of Sri Lanka for embracing both me & my cheese. The journey so far has been a challenging yet fulfilling one. We intend to keep experimenting & expanding our catalogue as we aspire to be the one-stop-shop for handmade European cheese both locally & regionally.”
Donadze thanked co-founder Sheriozha Anthony Wijekoon for all the support and guidance offered in elevating Maia Cheese to its current position as a household name within a short period of time.
Recently, Maia Cheese partnered with Barista Cafes, the John Keells Group and Jetwing Hotels & Resorts as a supplier. Maia Cheese’s other partners include Softlogic Glomark, Good Market, Saaraketha Organics & Aitken Spence PLC GPD (Global Parcel Delivery).
Maia Cheese currently offers the widest range of artisanal cheese in Sri Lanka that includes the following: Cheddar – contains no artificial flavors or preservatives; eaten cold or melted, Fresh Mozzarella – refreshing & supple, Smoked mozzarella – smoked to enhance milky flavor, Grated mozzarella – ideal as topping for Italian cuisine, Queen Blue – a specialty cheese characterized by white color and fine blue veins, Brie – a white, soft & ripened cheese, Goat Cream –a healthier alternative, Goat Feta Cheese – for salads, Halloumi – a local twist on the cheese variety originating from Cyprus, Dumplings –made from fresh ricotta, Caciocavallo –a type of stretched curd cheese etc.
Maia also has three types of delectable gourmet butter: salted, unsalted and garlic-infused. All products can be purchased via the flagship store, partner outlets island wide or online at https://www.maiacheese.lk/