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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 raspberry, tangerine and brown sugar.
  • SKU Honey Badger Espresso
  • Country El Salvador, Ethiopia
  • Elevation 1306 - 1800 m.a.s.l.
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
Direct Trade 1
Prep Time 42 sec
Prep Dose 18g
Prep Volume 54ml
CitrusAppleDark Sugars

Honey Badger Seasonal Espresso

Seasonal Espresso Blend Development

Seasonal espresso development is always fun, as every blend comes with the challenge of balancing sweetness and fruit acids with a positive finish. And our approach to seasonal espressos makes the process even more enjoyable, since the roast profile we apply to potential blend components that is typically more suited to drip coffee than espresso. That means every coffee has exceptionally high levels of acids and high overall intensity. These conditions for blend development create an opportunity for our Education team to shine, and they tailor each blend to optimize what each component, and the overall blend, can and should be.

The Process

This year, we started the Honey Badger process by selecting our favorite coffees of the moment to see what sweetness and fruit notes each brought to the table. After some narrowing, we decided to focus on a blend consisting of three of our most vibrant single-origins: Tikur Anbessa Organic Ethiopia, Kurimi Organic Ethiopia and Los Inmortales El Salvador.

After the coffee selection, our Retail Education team devoted two weeks to Honey Badger. The first week, they experimented with ratios and extraction levels to determine what blend yielded the sweetest and most abundant fruit-driven espresso. On the second week, the team narrowed its efforts to two potential blends it extracted and tasted head-to-head until a favorite emerged. Once one was deemed the winner, we dug through the data to determine what notes were the most abundant and what redundancies we had at the extraction level.

The Honey Badger Standard

This espresso blend has a name to live up to. Honey Badger is a ferocious thick-skinned animal that is forever in pursuit of honey. Once it catches a scent, it won’t hesitate to challenge and/or eat anything in its path, because the honey badger don't care.

The driving force behind honey badger’s ruthless search for sweets is the same spirit that motivates us in developing this annual seasonal espresso. This blend should be dialed in to a level where sweetness and layered fruit notes are abundant. If the dial-in is difficult, remember, this blend is Ethiopian dominant: jammy notes should be present. We found a multitude of notes, but the hallmarks were raspberry, tangerine and brown sugar. The specs below are just a starting point, please feel free to explore.

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.