prep" colors range from white honey, yellow honey, gold honey,
red honey, and black honey and refer to a specific level of a process
in which the seeds are partially dried with a certain amount of mucilage
left on them. The "mucilage" is actually "the meat"
of the coffee cherry itself. (Coffee beans are not beans at all, but
rather they are seeds that grow inside a "coffee cherry"
that looks just like that - a cherry). This mucilage is extremely
sweet and sticky - like honey. Hence the term. The lighter the color
description, the less of this mucilage was left on the bean during
the honey processing, with "black" meaning a large amount
of mucilage was left on the beans while drying. The end result is
to maximize sweetness. This is an excellent coffee for all brewing
methods, including espresso.
Cupping Notes: Light orange
citrus, pine nuts, syrupy sweetness. The citrus notes and sweetness
becoming much more pronounced as the cup cools.
Roasting Notes: Does well
as a light roast; however a medium roast seems to be the sweet spot.
In order to bring out the best coffee has to offer, let it rest
for 3-4 days before using.