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Honey Process…

What is Honey Process? I don’t know why but Honey Process is the one process I find difficult to do a blog about… but hey lets give it a go ! You have Natural, Washed and Honey coffees, the determining factor is the amount of cherry left on the bean before drying. Unlike Natural Process coffees, which have the Cherry left on, Honey Process coffees only have part. In comparison Washed coffees have the Cherry totally removed. Honey and Natural Process cup profiles are more heavy bodied and sweeter than Washed Coffees because the sugars from the cherry have had longer to impart upon the bean. The name Honey Process has become related to the sweeter cup profile however it’s due to the fact that mucilage is left on the beans, and mucilage is very sweet and sticky. The Honey Process has strong ties to Costa Rica where, in recent years, sub categories have emerged White, Golden, Yellow, Black and Red Honey. These subcategories highlight how the process affects the overall Cup Profile because the amount of mucilage left on varies. Intrigued… Want to try a Honey Process… El Salvador Finca San Ernesto is our current honey offering… Cup Profile Maple Orange Almond…. (Continues below pic)


El Salvador Finca San Ernesto Honey Process

Honey Process… Perfectly ripe cherries are handpicked then depulped leaving their mucilage attached (this is a layer of flesh on the beans). They are then spread on drying beads.  This process takes approx 10 / 12 days at this point water content of the beans should be approx 12%. Due to the fact no water is used in this process it’s an environmentally friendly coffee.

Located in Comasagua the family owned farm dates back to the 1870’s. Mr Juan Urrutia started the family tradition, producing coffee, when he planted the first coffee trees in the volcanic soil at a high altitude, 1100 (m). Their first crop was 27 bags. Flowering occurs between April and May, cherries are harvested later from November to December.

The area is home to many species, there are 24 different species of mammal and over 120 species of migatory birds. All Urrutia Estate coffees are 100% shade grown. The farm is certified Rainforest Alliance. Native trees are planted annually and help prevent erosion, izote and copalchi trees are natural wind barriers.

Brew method ……We have been really enjoying her as drip  through coffee so grab your V60 and get brewing !!

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Love or Hate …

Love or Hate…

(Enter) Another marmite coffee…. Sumatra Wahana Rasuna…Cup Profile Bakewell Tart… Natural Process… Natural Process coffees tends to divide people, I think this is because the process creates a fruity bold complex cup profile, and quite often people don’t expect that. They’re looking for, or are used to, washed coffee Cup Profile which is cleaner and more acidic. If you’ve tried a Natural Process coffee you’ll know what I mean, if not it’s not too late to pop online and order some now ! However equally you get your natural fanatics those people who queue eager to discover the next Natural we have in store !! Sumatra Wahana Rasuna just arriving… Look at that queue haha !!


The Cup Profile of a coffee is hugely due to how it’s processed from coffee cherry to green bean ! The Natural is also known as the Dry Process because scarcely any water is involve, commonly used in countries where is little rainfall and there are extended periods of sunshine.  Too much sun and the coffee becomes brittle and whilst hulling the beans will break… Too much moisture and fungi and bacteria will strike resulting in deterioration. So no pressure on the farmers !! Natural Coffees have to be carefully manged… Sumatra Wahana Rasuna is a beautiful Natural Process Coffee grown in Northern Sumatra 100% from the Wahana farm making it more exclusive, single varietal and under their control throughout the whole process. The Rasuna varietal is grown on the farm as a ‘control’, and used to measure how other coffees compare to it

The Process… After Harvest…

  • Drying… The ripe cherries are spread out in sun on trestles or large concrete/brick patios. The cherries are raked or turned by hand to prevent mildew and ensure even drying. Depending on weather conditions it can take up to 4 weeks for the cherries to reach optimum moisture content. Once the coffee is dried the dried fruit and outer husk of skin is mechanically removed.
  • Storing… The beans store in silos in bulk ready to be sent to the Mill. Resting Period…traditionally 30-60 days to improve bean aging.
  • Mill… Hulled / Graded / Bagged – The hulling machine removes the outer layer of dried coffee, the protective parchment. The green beans are then graded and bagged ready to be sold.

As the coffee cherries are high in pectin it really imparts on the bean and in the roastery as a green bean it has such a distinctive aroma

Love or Hate… Personally we have found the Naturals really interesting coffees to roast, and as a Barista they have to rank as one of my favourites !

Till next time …….

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SOS Africa supporters update / Empowerment through education


BIG THANKS to all SOS Africa Charity Coffee supporters , Ameleo and Kayd are doing so well !

So keep drinking  and remember 100 % of your donation goes to educate the boys . If you want

to find out more about the fantastic charity’s work head over to www.sosafrica.com .





Ameleo has had another strong term and his academic progress is strong.

He was awarded a silver certificate for a poetry recital at a

Eisteddfod (a local competition open to schools) and won a number of

school certificates for academic achievements.










A slight drop in marks for Kayd during Term 2 but not that surprising.

His home life has become more settled now so we hope to see his

confidence and self-esteem grow again and this should ultimately show

in his marks as he has great potential to do well at school.





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Cup Chat Brew

A lovely bunch of Coffee enthusiasts / geeks spent the evening at North Coast Wine Lounge Bude for our second ‘Cup Chat Brew’ . Huddled in collaborative groups we started with Origin , processing, lingering on the Naturals as most of the bunch had been quite appreciative of our offerings this year .We discussed Roasting briefly touching on food science …..

The Film short came next to introduce our first direct source from an Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, an unusual coffee another Natural ! Whose story is intertwined with a fragile ecosystem and endangered giant Bats with wingspans of 2 metres !

Then cupping this unusual coffee , pens and score cards at the ready everyone had a go , bouncing ideas from each other agreeing and disagreeing about the myriad of different flavour/tasting notes.

Brew next , we offered an Ethiopia Gera Natural for everyone to think about how they had cupped the previous coffee to use the same criteria , mouthfeel, acidity , flavour etc.It was great to see how different they described the coffee , they were all so surprised by such diversity .All were also surprised as their brew cooled the changing  flavours that jumped out , a converted bunch to the correct temperature to serve and drink coffee !

We finished off with a chance for all to put on the Barista cap to pull a couple of Espressos , have a go at texturing their milk and pouring a few flatwhites .Followed by a discussion on extraction , grinding and all the variables that can affect your end cup. The Rok manual Espresso was also on offer , all  loved the cool design , its simplicity and the fact you could produce a Espresso with a crema !

The caffeinated evening finished with a refill tin of the Ethiopia Gera Natural for everyone to brew at home .


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South West & South Wales Independent Coffee Guide

WE’RE IN …. The south west Indy Guide ! We join 20 other Specialty Coffee Roasters all unique and Independent and some great Coffee Houses in this passport to specialty coffee.Whether Geeky or simply curious its a lovely book and excuse to explore the beauty of the southwest and some of the hidden coffee gems ! If you want to grab copy they will be available soon on our website .