Bees are essential to coffee producers by helping buds set and enabling the coffee trees to blossom. Each blossom represents a vital coffee cherry for farmers like Ana Ortega, who has tended bee hives at Finca Los Angeles for decades. We are thrilled to offer her coffee alongside Coffee Blossom Honey produced by the bees that pollinate her coffee plants!
Ana Maria Ortega grew up with bees. Her father lovingly tended the apiary, which was close to the house. She recalls consuming the sticky, rich honeycomb as much as inhaling the intoxicating fragrance of coffee blossoms.
But when Ana Maria was just seventeen, her parents died tragically. The farm was hers, and she poured her grief into running Finca Los Angeles, waking up before dawn to pick and process cherries, raking in her parchment after dark. But the bees floundered. The hives nearly died out as Ana Maria had no idea how to care for them.
Through years of hard lessons and support from neighbors, she learned how to successfully partner with both coffee plants and bees. Now, Ana Maria highlights these challenges as catalysts for her growth into the leader she is today. Aside from cultivating excellent coffee at Finca Los Angeles, Ana Maria Ortega is proud to share her delicious honey.
Sourced by Coffee Blossom Honey, in partnership with Onyx Coffee Imports. 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 steep terrain.
Three factors make honey more likely to crystallize:
- Pollen content
If your Coffee Blossom Honey crystallizes, just put the jar in a vessel of warm water and allow it to slowly liquify.
NOTE: Raw honey is not suitable for infants.