Our mission is simple: to provide the best vanilla beans and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in our vanilla beans we sell. Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog.
IndriVanilla began with one small letter to one small vanilla farming co-op in Indonesia. I wanted high-quality vanilla beans for less than I could get them locally or online; this farmer was looking to get fair trade prices for his vanilla beans. Middlemen, referred to by the farmers as "traders," pay vanilla farmers very little for their prized beans. IndriVanilla was born to provide more people besides myself with high-quality, low-cost vanilla. I buy direct from the farmers at their asking price.
IndriVanilla buys from a family-run vanilla co-op. The farmer's sister, parents, and brothers all contribute in unique ways to the business. Even the farmer's young son tags along to watch and learn about vanilla production.
IndriVanilla's Bourbon vanilla beans come from organically grown vanilla orchids, scientific name Vanilla planifolia. This is the same as Madagascar vanilla beans, but due to the region in which they are grown, we like to call them Java vanilla beans. Vanilla is grown in Madagascar, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii, and other tropical locales. What makes Java vanilla beans special is that Java vanilla doesn't disappear into your recipes: it will enhance and complement every ingredient. Java vanilla beans work beautifully in cakes, cookies, frosting and icing, ice cream, creme anglaise, creme brulee, quick breads, vanilla extract, and anything else you can dream up.
What does "Organically Grown" mean? The farmers do not use pesticides, insecticides, or synthetic fertilizers or chemicals to grow their vanilla beans. Since the high cost of certification is prohibitive to the farmers' small operation, they are not "Certified" but do practice all organic farming methods.
Each vanilla orchid is hand-pollinated, hand-harvested, and hand-cured.
Visit our BLOG for more information about the farmer's operation, along with recipes, ideas, etc.