Pineda Family - Parainema
MEET THE PRODUCER | As is so often the case, the Pineda family is a prime example of how coffee farming tends to "run in the family." Theirs is a uniquely interwoven story for us, because we've featured coffees from several producers in the Pineda family over the years (names like Olman Pineda and Benjamin Paz come to mind). This lot comes from Samuel Pineda, a man who spent his childhood learning the ropes on his uncles' coffee farms but moved to the city as a young adult to pursue different careers. At age 30, however, Samuel decided that city life wasn't for him, and he returned to his hometown in the countryside. His mother gave Samuel one hectare of land as an inheritance, and that's where his farm, Finca El Boquerón, was born.
TRUST THE PROCESS | 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.
TAKE A SIP | Baking spices and citrus combine to give us a flavor note of spiced oranges, which you'll enjoy alongside stone fruit flavors, like plums. And that distinct honey-processing sweetness is experienced here as something rich and nutty, like as almond toffee. The whole experience is comforting and cozy, reminding us of sweater weather even as summer forges ahead.
Origin | El Cedral, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Producer | Samuel Pineda & family
Farm | Finca El Boquerón
Process | Honey
Variety | Parainema
Elevation | 1450 masl