STAUB was established in 1974 by Francis Staub in Alsace, a region in eastern France known for its rich history of craftsmanship and culinary excellence. High quality cast iron. Aroma Rain: continuing cycle of moisture within the cocotte. Moisture rises to drip once more on the cooking food. This ensures an even distribution of moisture and feeds directly into the flavor and consistency of the meal. Rising to the lid, the moisture condenses there and drops back down from the evenly distributed “picots” onto the meal. This effect can be intensified by placing ice cubes on top of the lid. The interior of black matte enamel functions like a micro-grill structure to produce very many, delicious roasting aromas and tender, succulent cooking results. The juices that collect in the gaps of the rough enamel are highly concentrated in flavor and form the perfect base for exquisite sauces.