Matt Goebel writes:
The spot online where I bulk ordered the ugly, but cheaper,
vanilla beans is : http://www.comorosvanillabeans.com/specials.htm
and looks under specials for Grade B beans.
If you didn’t get a chance to taste his vanilla mead (18 beans in 1 gallon!) at the January 08 meeting, you missed an amazing flavor experience. It was flavored intensely of vanilla but not overwhelmingly so.