Honey Badger Seasonal Espresso
- February 2020
- Written by : Sam Sabori
National Manager of Quality Control and Roasting / Green Coffee Buyer
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.