Aponte Village - Honey
ROAST | MEDIUM
ORIGIN | APONTE, NARIÑO, COLOMBIA
NOTES | RED CHERRY, SWEET ORANGE, BROWN SUGAR
Honey processed coffees have a sweet spot here at Black & White (pun intended), and this selection from Laurano Santa Cruz and Alirio Dominguez is no different. This coffee certainly has a classic Colombian flavor profile, but those flavors are intensified by the honey processing method, leaving us with a cup that is not just sweet - it's saturated and thick in its sweetness, making it truly unique (and delicious!) among our Colombian offerings this year.
The honey processing method can be thought of as an "in-between" method of processing, compared to washed and naturally processed coffees. Using this method, the coffee is picked and sorted as red cherries before being pulped (removing the skin of the coffee cherry), but the small layer of fruit underneath the skin is left behind. The seeds - with their sticky fruit intact - are set out to dry, either on raised beds or patios. It is this added contact time between the fruit and the seed that, when done well, adds an intense sweetness to honey processed coffees. When done poorly, however, the entire flavor of the coffee will be dulled. It is no wonder, then, that the honey processing method is quite rare in Colombia; in fact, we really only see them regularly coming from the Aponte community in Narino. There are certainly risks being taken with this method of processing, but the farmers in the Aponte Village navigate those risks beautifully, and this coffee is the result.
We are so excited to have another opportunity to showcase the meticulous work of this community, and this cup of coffee is the perfect vehicle for doing so. It is intensely and richly sweet, leaving you with notes of red cherry, sweet oranges, and brown sugar. We hope that sipping this coffee will peak your interest in a relatively rare processing method while also inspiring an appreciation for the farmers and producers who execute that method so beautifully.
Producers | Laurano Santa Cruz & Alirio Dominguez
Process | Honey
Variety | Mixed
Elevation | 2100 masl