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Our Honey Badger blend is named for a fearless fighter with a ferocious sweet tooth: the honey badger won't let anyone stand between it and a sugary snack, like this syrupy seasonal espresso with flavors of caramel, orange, and plum. Our Quality Control and Retail Education teams worked tirelessly to select just the right seasonal ingredients for this year's Honey Badger, settling on three single-origin lots after 16 different iterations.
  • SKU Honey Badger Espresso
  • Country Burundi, Colombia, Peru
  • Region within Country Yandaro, Kayanza, Alto Ihuamaca, San Ignacio, Jaén, Nariño and Cauca
  • Elevation 1500-2050 m
  • Farm Yandaro coffee washing station, Los Hermanos Pintado, smallholder farmers
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Honey Badger Seasonal Espresso

As the New Year approached we began to prepare for the return of Honey Badger Seasonal Espresso, named for an animal who is almost as ferocious in its pursuit of sweetness as we are. We enjoy this espresso because it places a heavy emphasis on sweetness while also exploring the most suitable accent notes. And the timing was perfect, because by the start of January we have almost every one of our Southern Season single-origin coffees in our hands to work with. This enables us construct the blend using the freshest and highest-scoring coffees in our inventory.

This year, Intelligentsia’s Quality Control and Retail Education teams went through 16 iterations before we found the best balance between the three ingredients we ultimately selected for the 2020 edition of Honey Badger.

The primary ingredient is a Bourbon from the the Yandaro washing station in Kayanza Province in Northern Burundi, known for its pristine processing and the clean, sweet lots it produces. The secondary component is from four brothers who live in the village of Alto Ihuamaca in Northern Peru, near the Ecuador border — Los Hermanos Pintado. The third comes from smallholder farmers in Nariño and Cauca, Colombia, we have come to know for their excellent, juicy coffees. Together as an espresso, they deliver a rounded caramel sweetness with citrus and stone fruit notes.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.