December 06, 2018
About the beans
Honduras' growth as a coffee producer has accelerated in the last 30 years. The country now ranks as the sixth largest in the world, alongside coffee powerhouses Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. Honduras even surpassed Guatemala in 2011 as Central America's largest coffee producer and exporter. Yep. Honduras is kicking it!
We couldn't wait to try this new batch of honey-processed beans. We love honey beans! Rather obviously, the "honey" describes how sticky the beans get as a result of this type of processing method and how much sunlight the beans are exposed to as they dry. Yellow honeys are dried after a lengthy one week of exposure to light with as much as 50% of the mucilage left intact (the more mucilage, the sweeter the taste). Yellow (and white) honeys often produce floral and apricot notes and a cleaner cup than darker honeys.
What we got
We sampled these beans roasted medium-light (at a City roast profile) brewed in a French press. The result was nice and smooth! Aromatic (cocoa, butter, peaches and, of course, honey) with an earthy sweet taste and a creamy body. Expect a medium-high brightness at a lighter roast; fruity and delicate.
We would go for this one as a pour-over brewed in a Chemex or Hario V60 to enhance balance and amplify the flavour notes.
SHG: (Strictly Hard Bean) High grown, usually denser and higher quality than a Hard Bean (HB) or High Grown (HG). These beans are grown above 1,200 masl. (metres above sea level).
EP: (European Prep) Indicates the coffee has undergone rigorous sorting - usually by hand to ensure defective beans and foreign material have been removed.
Source: Emilio Vásquez (producer)
Region: Occidente/Planes de Sensenti
Preparation: SHG EP/Yellow Honey
Appearance: 15+ Screen
Acidity: Medium to high, particularly at a lighter roast; fruity and delicate
Body: Medium good
Flavour: Citrus notes, sweet, smooth to taste
Roast recommendation: Light to medium-dark. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
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