Honduras | Manos De Mujer | Honey Process | Organic
Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate with subtle honey sweetness, and a smooth, clean finish and undertones of fruitiness of orange, black cherry, strawberry, tangerine
Story of the Farm:
This Honey processed coffee bean is certified organic and fair trade through the COMSA co-op of women “Manos de Mujer”, (translated, woman's hands), a group of female coffee producers in Honduras who started an initiative to improve their living and economic conditions. In addition to producing excellent coffee they also diversified their crops to provide additional forms of income as well as for nourishment for themselves and their communities. Their aim is to “promote gender equality at the farms and throughout the country.”
In Honduras (along with Costa Rica and El Salvador among other places worldwide) some of the Manos de Mujer producers use the Honey coffee process which is the hardest and most demanding coffee processing method. In many respects, the Honey process is similar to the Brazilian post-harvest process known as Pulp or Pulped Natural.
Similar to the Pulped Natural methodology, Honey coffee is de-pulped to remove the skin of the cherry, and the coffee seed is allowed to dry with some or all of its sticky fruit mucilage intact. The processor has to start by pulping the coffee and then spreads it out for drying without any washing to leave part of the pulp, removing a particular amount of the mucilage material in order to manipulate the coffee’s finished profile. The processor spreads the coffee beans thinly on special drying beds, allowing them to dry without fermentation or washing, turning them after every one hour for 10-15 days to gain the needed stability.
This process retains some of the desirable characteristics of a full Natural coffee (heavy body, sweet fruitiness with lower acidity, deep chocolate notes) while also speeding the drying process considerably, and reducing some of the risks of spoilage, mold, and other defects that can occur with fully intact coffee cherry on the drying patios or tables.
By definition, a Honey coffee has had the sugars of the coffee fruit imbued into the pit during the processing, making it a more delicate bean.