In September of 2020, we started a Facebook group called, "Making Vanilla Extract by VanillaPura". It was developed to create a safe place online to share best practices for the craft of making extracts at home. There was so much misinformation online we wanted to create a place where the best ideas could be submitted and rise to the top. A truly vetted source for accurate extract making information provided by extract making experts all around the world. 

Since starting our group, it has grown at a pace that we could have never imagined. By the end of 2021, we had over 50,000 members. By the summer of 2022, we had more than 70,000 members. By the end of 2023 we had more than 100,000 members, and we're still growing today. 

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Group Experts

With so many people in the group and so many comments being offered, we want to make sure that new members know when a comment comes from someone with extensive experience. At any given time, we will have 6-12 group experts that will have a "group expert" badge next to their names. Group expert terms last six months, and then new group experts are promoted. 

To become a group expert, the following must apply:

  1. You must be a member of our group for at least 1 year. 
  2. You must have been nominated for "Free Beans for Kind Words" at least once. 
  3. You must have been recognized as a "Top-10 Contributor" at least once. 

Posts and comments from group experts carry a little more weight because you know that they have met the three criteria listed above. 

It's also important to us that group experts have interacted with VanillaPura products, so each group expert is given $150 in VanillaPura gift cards over their six-month term. A $25 gift card after 2 months. A $50 gift card after 4 months. And a $75 gift card after six months. 

There is no requirement of time spent by group experts and there is no expectation for them to remain an expert for the entire six months if they choose to leave. It is completely voluntary.

We greatly appreciate those that choose to accept the invitation and accept the "Group Expert" badge next to their name. 

Once a group expert, your name is added to our "Wall of Fame" where it will remain forever. Here is our current Wall of Fame as of September 2023. It will be updated again in March of 2024. 

VanillaPura Group Expert Wall of Fame

2021 - Present
Our First Group Expert and Moderator
Starlette Balsoma Connelly
March 2024 - August 2024
Jeannette Ainsworth Debbie Bennett
Dana Zastrow-Letts Shannon Sprau (MoonBabe Olivia)
Hollie Kaplan Tiemeyer Kathy Norvell Wilkins
September 2023 - February 2024
Sharon Barton Ladon Berndt
Julie Provost Hardman Raquel Maria
Nancy Ripley Meahl Kristina Olson


March 2023 - August 2023

Laura Achten Colleen Balak
Lorie Bischel Debbie Foreman
John J. Meyer Diane Kagy Olp
BJ Shaw Mary Elizabeth Terberg


September 2022 - February 2023

Therese Di Carlo Bach Callie Beason
Ann Bushon Cathie Donaldson
Bonnie Foskey Krista Howard
Jeanette Iongi Roxanna Kuusela 
Mark Lally Ruth Lord
Ramona Hook Wysong Roxann Young


March 2022 - August 2022
Lori Lanford Allen Clabo
Michelle Pojeta Debbie Perry Thomas
Jeff Sewell RuthAnn Batten


Visit our Extract Making Guide Center to see all of our highest-rated best practices for extract making in one place. 

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