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Artisan Roast - San Isidro - Honduras - Honey Process

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Salted caramel, milk chocolate and perfumed jasmine combine in this exquisite black honey processed coffee from the shade forests of Northern Honduras.

The cooler climate of the Copan region means farms at seemingly medium altitudes can produce excellent coffees. During harvest time the weather is cold, often damp and distinctly un-tropical. This helps to slow down the maturing phase of coffee but until recent years made it very hard to produce speciality coffee. The last decade has seen a lot of technical advances in the area and many producers or their co-operatives now own parabolic driers (sophisticated greenhouses) where coffee can be dried as producers want away from the limits of micro-climates.

This is very much the case for Osman Melgar, who’s co-operative Aruco, have been supporting their twenty-five members with micro-lot production at their facility. Some of this production was in honey processing and Osman has been leading this type of processing within the co-operative using his own shade grown coffee. There are various descriptions of honey processing, and black honey processing has an increased fermentation present in the flavour profile of the coffee. This comes as a result of a controlled coffee fermentation at the beginning of drying, often at different temperatures to the more common yellow honey process.

We’ve roasted this coffee to allow the care taken towards harvesting and processing by Osman to shine through. The nature of black honey processing helps accentuate sweetness and caramel like flavours. In the San Isidro this comes through as salted caramel and dairy rich milk chocolate. These sugar browning flavours are balanced by a beautiful perfumed jasmine finish which has excellent persistence. The taste balance is high in sweetness with a medium to low intensity acidity. This is supported by a dense creamy mouthfeel making it not only excellent as a filter but great as a single origin espresso too.


Altitude: 1250m asl
Farm/Coop: San Isidro
Great for: Aeropress, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: Central America/Honduras - Town of Corquin, Celaque District, Copan
Owner: Osman Romero Melgar
Process Method: Pulped Natural (semi-washed) - Black Honey process
Varietals: Catuai

Roasting and delivery information

We roast every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 12 pm on a roasting date. If an order is received after this cut off it will be prioritised on the next roasting day. Most items will be dispatched the next day (Tuesday and Thursday) We send the coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. For International delivery to Europe we use the Royal Mail International Standard service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days. For International delivery to World Zone 1 & 2 countries we use the Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days.

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.