Our 1883 Maison Routin vanilla coffee syrup offers you a particularly good vanilla flavour. We would expect it given that Maison Routin has been producing flavours for over 100 years now.
But vanilla, which comes from “vaina” the Spanish word for “pod” is actually a product of an orchid.
It is believed that the vanilla orchid was grown by the Aztecs and that it was discovered by the Spanish as they moved through Central America. It was in fact Hernán Cortés, a military man, who in the 1520’s brought both vanilla and cacoa to Europe. Little did he know that it would end up as vanilla coffee syrup!
Today there are three main species of vanilla. The Madagascan species V. planifolia (also known as Bourbon vanilla), Tahitian species V. tahitensis, which grows in the Pacific region and V. pompona, which is associated with Central America.
Central America, namely Mexico, was a major producer of vanilla in the 19th Century. However, this changed in the latter part of that century and for most of the last century as French investors supported the cultivation of vanilla in Reunion, Madagascar and Mauritius.
The most prolific vanilla growing region gobally, is now surprisingly, Madagascar and other islands like Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Together with Indonesia, these islands are responsible for over 70% of the worlds supply.
1883 Maison Routin vanilla coffee syrup uses Bourbon vanilla and this dates back to the trade between France and it’s former colonies. This undoubtedly is a key reason for its superior taste.
Vanilla is not cheap. It is difficult to cultivate and requires intensive farming, but the Maison Routin syrup is still sell priced for the quality presented.