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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...


From Seed to Brew: Humans of the Coffee World

to arrive at a profound realization: the making of coffee involves real human beings. I know. This is such an obvious fact that I was completely stupefied when I suddenly opened my eyes to it—why hadn’t I thought of it before? My oblivion to this simple fact was unforgivable on multiple levels. On one hand, one of my favorite activities at any coffee house (alongside sighing and pulling my hair out over whatever that I might be working on) is barista watching—I ought to have known that coffee was not brought forth by magic. On the other hand, as an incidental hipster, I’ve been aware of fair trade, which is all about people! But as I reflect on it, I do come to see that phrases such as “fair trade” only manage to generate an icon of a tanned farmer on a coffee plantation against the backdrop of a tropical sun. It’s almost as if concrete human beings are forgotten when images of them only serve to illustrate ideas.

New House Arrival: Kapchorwa, Uganda

Kyagalani Kapchorwa Washing Station
Kapchorwa, Uganda

Those of you who have been with us for a while know that we change up our coffees on a regular basis. While most coffee places tend to go with blends that have mass-market appeal, we love to showcase the vibrancy of the coffee and the potential that each farm can produce. Because of this, we switch throughout the year from coffee to coffee for our “House” coffee. And while we do change it around we tend not to go too extreme and stay with coffees that have classic coffee notes of nuts, chocolate and...