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From early on
it was instilled in our family that the world’s rarest and most sought-after vanilla beans were grown in Tahiti, and how vanilla was grown and cultivated.
It was intriguing to learn that the vanilla bean began as an orchid bloom. It had to be hand-pollinated on the day it opened. We were fascinated by the fact that the flower and the green beans were odorless – until the sun heated the beans.Always Innovating
And we remember a love throughout our family and friends for finding innovative ways to use vanilla to make incredible dishes and beverages. To us vanilla is magic. Our passion for vanilla grew steadily over the years. And it's why Tahitian culture is so central to our business.
A New Business Is Created
In the early 1990s, partly because of population shifts to the cities, Tahiti’s vanilla bean production was all but abandoned. Ironically, this ultimately resulted in Manu and his brother, Sacha, creating the Tahitian Gold brand.
Initially, Sacha traveled to learn everything he could from the islands’ elders. As he did, he realized the importance of controlling the quality of his vanilla beans. To satisfy market demands, he knew he had to master the art of sun-curing and eventually growing vanilla himself.
Beans Cured On An Island
Sacha chose one of the family’s pollution-free private islands. Eventually, Sacha started his own Tahitian vanilla greenhouse plantations that are today the largest in French Polynesia.
Importing Vanilla To The USA
In 1994, at Sacha’s request, Manu agreed to help some Tahitian farmers import their vanilla products into the United States. In making this decision, Manu was determined to set the bar high. He decided he’d import only the highest quality vanilla beans from Tahiti and around the world.
Quality, Service, & Value
Our family always envisioned that Tahitian Gold would be created to offer amazing innovative specialty products. To celebrate and promote vanilla’s magic.
Innovation In The Grinding
Soon, in its state-of-the-art facility in Los Angeles, we created a remarkably innovative process for grinding its beans. This process captures, retains and enhances the finer qualities of fresh gourmet vanilla beans.
These highly fragrant and intensely flavored ground vanilla bean products have earned the reputation of being a “best kept secret” amongst elite chefs and purists around the world.