Villa Vainilla, from Papantla to the world
Mexico is vanilla motherland, and the area of Papantla, in the state of Veracruz, is its birthplace. This community with deeply prehispanic roots, and full of millenary traditions and customs, have been producing vanilla for thousands of years.
Totonacas grew vanilla, which they paid as tribute when they were conquered by the Aztecs, who used it as an aromatic product and flavoring ingredient on their chocolate drinks. This is how it began to be known in other areas of ancient Mexico. Then the Spaniards arrived in Veracruz, and when they learned about vanilla, they fell in love with its aroma and flavor, taking it to Europe. Since then, many attempts have been made to reproduce this orchid outside its original habitat, but it has never been possible to obtain the quality of the Mexican vanilla from Papantla since here pollination it’s made naturally through a particular kind of bee.
With the intention of developing a project that would magnify one of the many wonders that Mexico can offer the world, Villa Vainilla was born.
Villa Vanilla products are produced with quality vanilla beans from Papantla, Mexico. The producers continue doing the whole process as it was done since prehispanic times, resulting in natural vanilla of the highest quality. For this reason, the brand has several high-quality certifications such as BRC (British Retail Consumer) and Kosher.
In addition, fair trade is one of Villa Vainilla’s philosophies. They believe in fair payment to everyone in the chain: from the vanilla producer to the brand employees.