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Gourmet Qualities

Black:

This is the "upscale" vanilla with the highest moisture level. Rare, very oily and soft, black to slightly brown color, it has a chocolate-like flavor and is easy to split. A typical bean weighs from 3 to 5 grams and measures between 14 and 20 cm in length.

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Gourmet Qualities

TK:

This is a high quality vanilla. It differs from the black vanilla by its lower moisture content and the color is more brown, sometimes reddish in places. A bean weighs from 2 to 4 grams and measures between 14 and 20 cm in length.

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Extraction Qualities

Grade 1:

The best quality vanilla in the extraction group. It differs from the brown vanilla because of its lower moisture content and a more reddish color. A bean weighs in between 2 - 3 grams and measures between 13 and 20 cm in length. These are offered in split beans and whole beans.

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Extraction Qualities

Grade 2:

These are extraction grade beans with a lower content of Vanillin. Short vanilla beans measuring 10-12 cm belong to this group.

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Extraction Qualities

Grade 3 (Cuts):

This category is a result of the beans that are not selected for the previous qualities, these have a lower moisture and vanillin content. Small, cut and broken beans can be found in this group.

Quality & Classification