It is kind of a paradox to call this creamy, quintessential vanilla flavor “French”. After all, it was the native people living in the region now called Veracruz Mexico, who discovered vanilla where the orchid grew indigenously in the rainforest. Those clever people also discovered how to “cure” vanilla beans which entails turning them from the fresh green pod into the moist, ripened brown bean that glistens with vanillin crystals formed during the 6 month curing process. In it’s native habitat, vanilla pods are produced with the help of a native sting-less bee, a fact which thwarted would-be growers in other regions of the world, but that is where the French come in.
The French take credit for bringing vanilla beans to the Bourbon Islands where a French-owned 12-year-old African slave, named Edmund Albius, figured out how to hand pollinate the flowers and produce fragrant vanilla beans. Thus Teeccino French Vanilla reunites the Maya’s dark roasted ramón seeds with French Bourbon vanilla for a taste experience that reflects the best ingenuity of native people in both Mexico and Madagascar!