Flavor Profile: Sun cured with the traditional curing method produces a heavenly vanilla aroma with dark chocolate and coffee hints (many folks also claim to catch a floral whiff) and are very long and plump. These beans are grown in the Sumatra region of Indonesia.
Vanilla beans originated in Mexico and are sun cured for months using the traditional drying method. They are now found all over the world from places like Madagascar to Indonesia to Papa New Guinea PNG farms. The scent consists of a mocha-cacao aroma with a rich, black or dark brown color and an oily outside surface. The interior of the bean is where the magic is at and consists of millions of black, tiny vanilla seeds that are waiting to be scraped out.
Our beans are traditionally cured to develop the full, complex vanilla flavor made of over 200 organic compounds that artificial vanilla (Natural Vanilla Flavor WONF) cannot properly replicate. The entire process takes anywhere from 6 to 9 months after pollination and our farmers in the Sumatran region of Indonesia have turned vanilla processing and curing into a true art. This region remains the industry quality benchmark for producing planifolia vanilla with high vanillin content.
Our grade A vanilla beans are ~5 - 7 inches in length and are handpicked to ensure proper qualities. There are so many recipes that can be created with these magical beans! They are perfect for making homemade vanilla extract or KAHLUA, home cooking or baking, desserts such as vanilla bean ice cream, cake, cupcakes, or cookies and are a top choice of professional chefs for making desserts such as Creme Brulee. Our beans are also a top pick for home brewers or those who own a brewery or cidery! Homemade KAHLUA or Vanilla extract is also a very popular gift and can be made using a simple vodka infusion method! Bonus points for using the spent vanilla beans after the extract making process for creating vanilla sugar!
Our beans are triple inspected throughout the journey from Indonesia to the United States. First, they are inspected by our farmers who have hundreds of years of wisdom and experience growing these gourmet pods. The second inspection is before bulk vacuum sealing for transport and to ensure no mold has developed. The final inspection is done at our warehouse moments before packing your shipment. We check the smell, quality, and appearance if any mold has developed a final time. Once all of these are checked, we vacuum seal our vanilla beans in our beautiful custom industrial vacuum pouch to a tight 28 HG vacuum.
- Sumatran Region Vanilla Beans from Indonesian 2022-2023 Crop
- Average Length: Approximately 5 – 7 Inches (13 cm – 18 cm)
- Color & Texture: Black or Dark Brown, Oily, Full of Black Vanilla Seeds
Storage: Vacuum packed/sealed bag preferred to ensure fresh beans otherwise wrapped in zip lock bag inside an air tight container such as a glass jar. Shelf life of approximately 2 years if properly vacuum sealed.
If you have any more questions, be sure to check out our Vanilla FAQ for all the answers!
Very high quality beans!
It arrived very fast. Thanks
VBK beans are plump and juicy. Best vanilla beans around!
Love VBK’s shipping was fast and on time beans smell so good I can’t wait to use the finished extract in a few months