The Sumatra Indonesian Vanilla Beans - Grade-A For Vanilla Extract & Baking (Retail)


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Best Price: $16.86/oz when you buy an 8oz pouch.
Bean Family: V. planifolia
Bean Origin: Indonesia
Bean Quality: Grade A (pliable, moist, oily)
Aroma: Rich, strong vanilla, hints of mocha.
Extract Taste: Rich vanilla, mocha, cacao, soft notes of dried fruit.
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VanillaPura's planifolia Indonesian Vanilla Beans are of the highest quality and have a rich, dark aroma. This particular vanilla bean originates from the Sumatra region, which is one of the western most regions of Indonesia, near India, Sri Lanka and an ocean (the Indian Ocean) away from Madagascar. It is the largest island in Indonesia and the 6th largest island in the world. While most Indonesian coffee is grown in Sumatra including Arabica coffee, vanilla beans are relatively new and much more rare, making these vanilla beans difficult to obtain. 


When you first open a pouch of Sumatra Indonesian vanilla beans, your nose will be met with floral notes that are usually typical with tahitensis vanilla beans, though these are planifolia beans like Madagascar and Mexican. Behind the floral scent you will notice ripe plumbs, raisins and bold, earthy and dark vanilla notes. As you bring an individual bean closer to your nose, the strong, earthy vanilla aroma becomes more pronounced with soft hints of mocha. Finally, after months (or even years) of extraction, your finished extract will demonstrate an extra sweet vanilla aroma as the floral scent fades somewhat into the spirit and you are left with a complex extract with enhanced vanilla sweetness underscored with scents of dried tropical fruits.

Sumatra Indonesian vanilla beans are very oily with a strong vanilla scent. They typically have a higher vanillin content than all other Indonesian beans, making them ideal for vanilla sugars, homemade ice creams and other frosting and cream applications. They are usually between 5" and 7" inches long and have a dark brown color. These vanilla beans are a favorite among pastry chefs and ice cream lovers for their rich and sweet vanilla taste. 

VanillaPura vanilla beans are all shipped vacuum sealed for freshness and should be stored unrefrigerated in a cool, dry and dark place. 

Sumatra Indonesia is located ideally for vanilla cultivation within the world's "bean belt". The western geography of Indonesia (close to India) includes a soil that, for centuries, has captured the fallen fruit and fauna that now makes up its rich mineral base. That tropical vegetation is clearly present in these unique planifolia vanilla beans.

Indonesia is the second largest producer of vanilla beans in the world, just behind Madagascar. As a country, Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands spanning 735,000 square miles surrounded by beautiful waters right on the equator. The broad expanse of land, climate and unique soil conditions across Indonesia result in an equally diverse vanilla offering. An Indonesian vanilla bean grown in one region is entirely different than an Indonesian vanilla bean grown in another region. 

When extracted using VanillaPura's techniques with aged spirits, Sumatra Indonesian Vanilla beans are sure to enhance any culinary creation. 

On average, there are 6-10 beans/oz depending on the moisture content of the specific batch of vanilla beans. There can be as few as 5 beans or as many as 20 beans. Pricing reflects current market conditions and will be updated as market prices change.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Nice vanilla beans!



Eric McCallister
Love my beans!

I ordered 2 ounces of these beans from the Co-op. They arrived just as promised and they were SO good! When I took them out of the package I could feel the oily goodness with my fingertips! I sliced them open, scraped out the caviar, and put them in Bacardi Silver label rum. In three days time, the extract was already a nice dark color. The extract is now 2 days short of being 3 months old. I'm so excited to try it but I know it's way to early to test. The pint bottle is so dark, it barely allows light to pass through.