COFFEE BLOSSOM HONEY – Guatemala
Honey produced from bees who pollinate coffee farms. This honey has a
unique flavor from the coffee blossoms. The terroir, the varying tastes due to
region and composition of soil, is evident throughout these different honeys.
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.
Why Coffee Blossom Honey:
• The bees used by CBH producers help the farms that they are a part of
flourish, and are a necessary piece in the overall health of these high
altitude Guatemalan coffee farms.
• Honey represents a secondary income source for small-farm coffee
producers providing income diversification and risk mitigation. Supporting
diversification increases long-term financial sustainability for smallholder
• High altitude farms are able to organically produce honey at 1000-2000
MASL, where pesticides are not needed in the process.
• Farm Traceable Honey – CBH personally knows all of their farmers, and
their honey is traceable from the moment it is harvested to the final
product that you see in front of you
Single Origin Honey Options:
- Jorge Mendez – Finca El Apiario
Jorge Mendez is the original single-origin producer of Coffee
Blossom Honey from the legendary farm Finca El Apiario
(“Honeybee Farm”). El Apiario honey exhibits a well-balanced
body with brown sugar and vanilla aromas. Flavors of peach,
chamomile, caramel, and orange are finished with delicate lavender
- Francisco Cardona – La Colmenita
Francisco Cardona, known in the local community as “Chico
Cardona”, was born picking coffee cherry. At the age of fifteen he was
picking full time and working neighboring farms. Don Francisco has
been producing honey for twelve years.
It’s no accident his san Pedro Necta farm is called La Colmenita,
or “The Beehive”. Each year coffees from La Colmenita are well sought after: Deeply fruited like strawberries and tropical punch, complex
and sweet, grounded in chocolate and spice. Their Coffee Blossom Honey
is no less special, with a rich and silky texture, bright florals, tropical
fruits and citrus.
- Otto Herrera – La Esperanza
Otto Herrera is a third generation coffee producer and has over
50 years of experience growing specialty coffee. La Esperanza Coffee
Blossom Honey is an extension of the Herrera family’s legacy of
quality and innovation and we couldn’t be more excited to share it
with you. La Esperanza offers a complex, crystallized profile with a
wild floral and citrusy aroma. Bursting flavors of red apple, kiwi and
jasmine greet your first taste, followed by warm cinnamon and sweet