About the bean
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.
About the bean
We have our favourites, too!
Ah, Brazil. There's an awful lot of coffee in Brazil ... But we keep going back to this one because it's our favourite from this coffee producing powerhouse.
Our Brazil Planalto is sourced from the family-run Planalto Estate in the highlands of Nova Rezende, in the south of Mina Gerais - the country's main producer of milk and coffee. The farm's 3,600-foot altitude and surrounding natural forest create a unique microclimate, perfect for growing high-quality coffee.
The Taste Test
Hario V60 drip brew - American Roast
Very aromatic during the brewing process. This is a particularly well-balanced coffee with some jazz to it - yellow fruits and a medium-high brightness. This bean is one we enjoy because it offers more than the typical bean from Brazil, although it does offer nutty notes and good body as you might expect from a Brazilian coffee; the Planalto brings some extra special.
French Press - Full City Roast
Notes of chocolate and nut emerged at this roast profile. A Full City cup proffered a sweet and pleasant coffee; most enjoyable.
The Brazilian Planalto is a great pick for espresso, drip brews and, if it were summer, cold brews.
Species: Arabica, single origin
Cultivar: Yellow Catuai / Mundo Novo
Altitude: 1,200 m
Flavour: Citrus, slight berry; rich and caramelized.
Certifications: Humaniterra Foundation, UTZ Certified, Aliment préparé au Québec
Roasting recommendation: Nice light; medium to dark is also just right.
Beyond the cup
The Planalto Estate covers 350 acres of strictly preserved native forest and vegetation. Liquid wastes from coffee processing are recycled and treated. Coffee pulp is reused for its nutritional value.
Estate employees enjoy a full range of benefits, as well as salaries above the regional average. Worker safety is a priority.
About the bean
Strictly Soft (SS) | Fine Cup (FC)
The Swiss Water Process begins with pure water and ends with amazing coffee that is 99.9% caffeine free.
Brazilian beans with a 17/18 screen size tend to be a more consistent, higher quality offering without the pungent floral notes associated with smaller, less mature beans.
Fine Cup (FC) beans are a specialty grade coffee. Strictly Soft (SS) beans are grown at relatively low altitudes (under 4,000 ft).
Medium body, chocolate and nut notes. Good for both drip and espresso.View full product details
About the bean
Ah, Cerrado; you do not disappoint. The Cerrado in Brazil is a biologically rich, sprawling, tropical savanna located in Minas Gerais state, Brazil's coffee-producing powerhouse. Our Brazilian Cerrado is a blend of four farms in the northwest of this state and the result is solid. This is a classic Brazilian bean - bittersweet, chocolatey, a little bit of nut, low in acidity, good body. And this bean is a versatile companion - just right as a breakfast cup, in blends, for espresso (lots of crema and body) and for cold brew (great price point for that, too). It's not a fancy bean, it's not a taste adventure, it's not average - what you have here is good coffee for the everyday and to play with. Stock up!
Appearance: 17-18 screen
Flavour: Good body, clean and well balanced; consistent, rich aroma, chocolate and almond notes.
Roast recommendation: City to Full City (soft bean, will roast quickly).View full product details
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About the bean
Pulped natural coffees are inclined towards sweetness and a rich, creamy taste. They are generally lower in acidity with more body than washed coffees, and offer a cleaner, more uniform cup than natural processed coffees. Pulped natural processing involves one more step than natural coffee processing: once the cherries are harvested they are pulped to remove the skin. The cherry seeds are extracted with mucilage (a sticky residue) intact. For washed coffee, the cherry seeds with mucilage would typically transfer to a fermentation tank but the pulped natural method lays out the seeds to dry on a raised bed or patio, which allows air to flow above and below for a higher-quality coffee. In this way, the characteristics of the coffee seed are deepened.
Brazilian Pulped Natural Coffee offers various notes: slightly fruity, berry, sweet, as well as chocolatey in flavour. Balanced and aromatic, medium acidity.
Roasting recommendation: Light to medium roast.View full product details