Coffee Blossom Honey?
Before ending up in your cup, your coffee has been carefully roasted, processed, sorted, and grown at the farm. Those coffee trees blossom between January and March of each year before the coffee fruit starts ripening.
In Guatemala, farmers rely on their coffee harvest to provide for their families over the entire year. The use of bees in coffee growing has been a crucial step in helping the buds set and allows for the coffee tree to blossom. Each blossom represents a coffee cherry, unique and beautiful, and also vital for the coffee farmer.
These farmers position their hives within the coffee plantations allowing the bees constant access to the coffee blossom nectar. The farmers use mobile extraction processes due to the remote and sheer steepness of the terrain.
Each honey we source is a distinct expression of terroir, telling stories of the coffee-producing family cultivating the land, their resilience, and their expertise.
Crystallization: Three things make honey more likely to crystallize:
- Temperature below 50ºF (10ºC)
- The ratio of glucose and fructose in the honey
- Pollen content
- To turn your Coffee Blossom Honey back into a smooth liquid put your honey in a vessel of warm water and allow it to slowly liquefy.
NOTE: Raw honey is not suitable for infants.
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COFFEE BLOSSOM HONEY | 12 oz.
Tasting notes: starfruit, kiwi, and coffee blossom aroma. Great with granola and yogurt!
After our debut with Coffee Blossom Honey from Jorge Mendez and we thought it would be difficult to find other honey producers but learned that while not many bee keepers are in the northwest mountains of Guatemala those who dot the mountainside are in it because they have a passion for it and are willing to do the hard work to produce a great product. It provides an additional source of revenue for many who depend on a volatile market and cyclical yields of an agricultural product such as coffee. Part of our mission is to support small producers in efforts to provide long term economic sustainability. Producing honey not only provides an additional source of revenue but it has the added value of increasing cross pollination and it is a liquid asset as a local consumable! Having an additional product that can be sold or traded locally as well as exported creates more options for a small coffee producer allowing them to become more independent and have a bright future. Our own farm Finca Vista Hermosa means “farm with a beautiful view”. Our beautiful view is of the valley where La Esperanza, or “the hope” is located.