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Making Vanilla Extract

Making Vanilla Extract

Cutting Vanilla Bean
Splitting a Vanilla Tahitensis bean.

Most people don't know this but at Spro, we are committed to using great ingredients when making even the components of the products we offer you. One of the most important ingredients we use in the bakery is Vanilla Extract. 

Almost a year ago, we started a project making our own Vanilla Extract. This was in response to the continued increase in the cost of Vanilla. In 2017, a couple of serious cyclones hit Madagascar and nearly wiped out their production that year. In case you didn't know, Madagascar produces...


The Power Of Mocha Compels You

The Power Of Mocha Compels You


Our luscious Iced Mocha is ready for you now.

Few things in the world evoke as much passion as chocolate. When paired with coffee and milk, the mocha is a lasting miracle. The flavors of the coffee, milk and chocolate are beyond complimentary. They are in unison.

When we first started out oh, so many years ago, our mocha was one of simplicity. We learned mocha making at the old Hines Public Market Coffee in Seattle, Washington. Their mochas were classic: espresso, milk and Hershey's Dark Syrup. You'd think that one should use the regular Hershey's Syrup, but...


The Greatest Blueberry Muffins Ever

The Greatest Blueberry Muffins Ever

Jordan Marsh Spro Blueberry Muffin
Our version of the Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffin.

When I was young, from time to time my Aunt Aleli would visit us from Boston. And every time she came to visit, she would bring us a load of blueberry muffins from the bakery at Jordan Marsh. Thee muffins quickly became my Gold Standard for blueberry muffins and nothing else suffices.

Jordan Marsh was an department store chain based in Boston that was started in 1841 and lasted until they were converted into Macy's stores in 1996. The bakery department of Jordan Marsh was...


Finding Something Special For La Calle



From time to time, people ask us to find a special coffee for their programs and when Chef Valentino Sandoval said that he was opening a new Mexican restaurant with his brothers and he wanted us to be their coffee purveyors, we were incredibly honored. After a long career in Philadelphia, Chef Valentino came to Baltimore to helm the kitchen at The Corner restaurant before decided to stake his claim.

And what a claim he has made. La Calle is beyond the expectation of "Mexican restaurant." More in the vein of Enrique Olvera, La Calle is in a class...