Honduras Armadillo Anaerobic Honey
Process: Anaerobic Honey
Varietal: Catuai, Caturra, Icatu, Pacamara, Pacas
Tasting notes: Mango, Peach, Raspberry, Blueberry
We worked with Omar, head of Capucas and asked if he could produce a couple of microlots to support this activity. The objective is for Capucas to further promote honey production among their associates – coffee producers and beekeepers – and therefore diversify their income and have great economic stability. Existing apiarists can benefit from new and better hives, and those new to bee-keeping equipment and training. It is hoped the women and young of the communities will make the most of this opportunity.
First the cherries are pulped, then the anaerobic process is carried out. This process is requires controlled fermentation and is carried out at a specific temperature (no higher than 20 Celsius). This allows for the perfect flavour profile to be developed, and to be easily replicated.
Next the coffee is taken to solar dryers for drying. The coffee is then slowly dried for between 25 and 32 days. The length of time taken to dry the coffee depends on the weather, simply put the sunnier the weather, the faster the coffee dries. However, great care is taken throughout the drying process to ensure the coffee doesn’t dry too fast or unevenly, as this can result in damage to the coffee and may impact on the flavour profile.