Bees are essential to coffee producers by helping buds set and enabling coffee trees to blossom. Each blossom represents a vital coffee cherry for coffee farmers like Jorge Mendez and Francisco Cardona in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Beehives also help create a second income stream for coffee farmers. Coffee Blossom Honey—a partner of Onyx Coffee Imports, based in Huehuetenango—sources and exports honey from coffee farmers in the region.
El Apiario: a robust profile with round brown sugary sweetness, peach and citrus, and slight vanilla undertones. Notes from Coffee Blossom Honey:
"We’ve known Jorge Mendez for over a decade. His farm being quite near our own, we visit his family at Finca El Apiario multiple times per year. On one such visit six years ago, our group marveled over home-baked bread with honey from Jorge’s farm. An idea buzzed among us, and then stuck: to support alternative revenue streams for coffee producers like Jorge, by connecting roasters with the delicious honey already produced on farms. El Apiario was the first honey we shared with the world.
"For many years, we’ve partnered with Jorge Mendez for his coffees: El Panal, Gorioncillo, and Las Huellas. Jorge’s honey has a robust profile, with a round brown sugary sweetness, peach and citrus, and slight vanilla undertones."
La Colmenita: rich and silky with bright florals, tropical fruits, and citrus. Notes from Coffee Blossom Honey:
"You might say Francisco Cardona, known in the local community as 'Chico Cardona', was born picking cherry. At the age of fifteen he was picking full time and working neighboring farms. Having grown up impoverished, Chico dreamed of owning his own land. Ten years after saving his first quetzales, he bought a tiny ten square meter plot and began cultivating coffee.
"Don Francisco has been producing honey for twelve years. In conversations with neighboring producers, he had learned about the secondary income they were making selling their honey, in addition to significant improvements to coffee production. He began with twenty five frames, and in the first years nearly lost his colonies entirely. Over many years he taught himself how to partner with the bees, and over time fell in love with them. Now Chico has three apiaries, and around 150 hives. It’s no accident his farm is called La Colmenita, or 'The Beehive'.
"Finca La Colmenita lies at 1,800-2,000 MASL, just above our family farm in San Pedro Necta. Their honey has a rich and silky texture, bright florals, tropical fruits and citrus."
Sourced by Coffee Blossom Honey in partnership with Onyx Coffee Imports.
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.