The folks at LAFAZA use a 2-week long cold extraction process to create a full-bodied extract with deep, warm notes of vanilla and a creamy richness. LAFAZA Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract makes a wonderful addition to your favorite cookie, cake and ice cream recipes. Or make your own cream soda – combine 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract with 2 tablespoons of simple syrup in a glass and top with sparkling water. For an even more decadent treat, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an unforgettable cream soda float.
About the Producer: Nathaniel Delafield and Sarah Osterhoudt, two of the founders of LAFAZA, had no idea what journey awaited them when they first traveled to Madagascar for the Peace Corps. After working closely with local vanilla and clove farmers, the husband and wife team fell in love with Madagascar, the people and the fragrant crops they were growing. Unfortunately, the farmers in the area were struggling to sell their vanilla for fair prices. Inspired by these hardworking communities, Nathaniel and Sarah began to develop a sustainable, direct-trade model that would benefit the farmers with fair compensation and protect the forests and the environment.
Nathaniel and Sarah joined forces with Nathaniel’s brother, James, and together started bringing vanilla to the United States. Thus LAFAZA was born. The Oakland, California-based company first started selling vanilla beans and making vanilla extract and only recently expanded their line to include their ground vanilla. As their business continues to grow, the three are committed to staying true to their founding principles—forests, farmers and of course, flavor.