What is Honey Processed Coffee?

Honey process coffee is becoming extremely popular between roasters. Its smooth texture and sticky-sweet beans make it a one-of-a-kind brew.

You may have noticed a new kind of coffee the very last time you went to your favorite cafe. While coffee is not a new product, the processes used to produce it are being unrecognized.

Of course, I’m talking about honey processed coffee! I’ll explain what they are and how they improve the texture of coffee in the cup.

As a result of, this method soft, smooth cups of coffee with a huge fruitiness and mild acidity are created.

It’s a complex method…but it is worth trying!


What is Honey Processed Coffee?

Initially, coffee is dried in the sun with the fruit cherry part preserved until it becomes ready for grinding. I will show you how people wash and dry coffee after they clean the cherry. This is the most common and fastest form.

There are alternatives of drying and washing, such as the natural sliced up honey, and black honey processes.

Why Honey Processed Coffee is Hard?

Whatever method is used, the coffee must be grinded or cut into chunks to extract the last layers of skin that cover the inside of the beans.

The honey coffee system is the most difficult and time-consuming form of coffee processing. To leave some of the crisp, the processor must first powder the coffee before spreading it out for drying without cleaning.

Why Honey Processed Coffee is time consuming?

To achieve the required consistency, the processor lays the coffee beans finely on particular drying beds and turns them every hour for 10-15 days.


The Sweet Flavor of Honey Process Coffee

Honey Processed Coffee

What Does Honey Process Coffee Taste Like?

Coffee lovers are recognizing that honey process coffee has tastes of cocoa, brown sugar, spice, and cedarwood.

It’s like if you added honey and brown sugar in your coffee. This coffee has a fruity and complicated flavor with a low acidity and strong sweetness.

Does Honey Processing Involve Honey?

There is no honey involved in the honey process. The honey is related to the number of sucrose left on the coffee layer by the processor. The more syrup the processor leaves in the coffee, the more ‘honey’ it has.

The honey processing method is identical to the well-known washed coffee process, except that it does not include any of the washed process’s steps.

Another Names for Honey Process?

This process is called differently in different coffee-growing areas around the globe. Sumatra, for instance, refers to it as the wet hulling process.

4 Different Honey Processes

As the coffee dries during the honey process, the glossy coating on the beans oxidizes and darkens in color.

From white to …BLACK!

Coffee is starting to turn a golden yellow color known as yellow honey process coffee. Letting the cherry of the coffee grow further, causes the mucilage to oxidize to a red, and then a black color.

THE KEY PHRASE: The darker the color, the more fruit that is remaining on the bean.

The type of honey process in Costa Rica is determined by the amount of mucilage(sugars). Here’s an example:

Honey Processed Coffee Colors​Removal of Mucilage (sugars) and wax​
White Honey Process​80-100 %
Yellow Honey Process​50-75 %
Red Honey Process​0-50 %
Black Honey Process​Less than 5 %
  • The extraction of 50-75 percent of the mucilage is part of the yellow honey method.


  • The Red honey process includes removing 0-50 percent of the mucilage and wax.


  • The removal of as little mucilage as possible is part of the Black honey method.

Why its called Honey Processed Coffee?

The coffee beans will resemble caramelized nuts, which is where the term “honey method” comes from. The coffee beans must be stored by the processor before they are ready for delivery.


What is Black Honey Processed Coffee?

Part of the cherry stays on the coffee bean mostly during black honey process, and the processor protects it throughout the drying process. People are confusing honey with bees and the honey-like taste, but the word applies to the mucilage (sticky sugary layer) left on the bean by the coffee processor.

Farmers must select the perfectly mature cherries since they have high levels of acids and sugar, which are both important for the fermentation process.

Following fermentation, the processors begin the time-consuming process of drying the coffee beans. They must dry the beans at the right time as if they are drying too fast, the green coffee beans cannot capture the flavors from the mucilage (sticky sugary layer).

Now that we know how Amazing this Coffee is…

Where Can I Find Honey Processed Coffee?

Despite being the rarest of beans, many coffee brands market honey process coffee for home brewing. Here are a few I suggest:

  • Hala Tree produces a delectable dark roast with a chocolate flavor.


  • Pure Coffee Club is a coffee commercial product that sends fresh beans to your door.

The Differences from Normal Coffee Processing

Honey Processed Coffee
THE Glossy Appearance!

To begin with, there is no honey involved in the honey method. Coffee beans are the seed of coffee cherries, that are ground and brewed. The mucilage is the sticky sugary surface that the processors leave to dry. It has a sticky feel and the color golden brown.

Less Water-Enviroment Friendly!

The honey process coffee uses less water than the washed coffee process. Water is used in every other phase of the washed coffee process.

No Fermentation-Drying Process!

The honey extraction method does not necessitate the producer drying the coffee beans inside the cherry. The method also varies from the black honey process, in that there is no fermentation involved.


What does Washed Mean in Coffee?

The natural material is washed off the bean ,within some days of the coffee cherry being pulled from the tree. After that, the beans are washed (to extract any leftover oily mucilage from the bean) and dried.

What is the Difference Between Washed Coffee and Unwashed Coffee?

The washed method produces better quality coffee, but it takes skills and fresh water. It produces a coffee that is fruitier, lighter, and healthier in total. The unwashed process, on the other side, produces coffee that is complicated, soft, and has a heavy body.

Now…Lets Have Breakfast!

What Foods Go Well with Honey Processed Coffee?

Honey coffee goes well with sweet breakfast foods like waffles, brown sugar pancakes, and French toast. It goes well with banana bread and coffee cake.

Honey Production is Still Changing!

The evolving design of the still pretty new honey processing system has many differences.


From the amount of fruit left on the bean to the drying period, as well as the large variety of different styles of beans processed, we have a lot to look forward to from this modern twist on traditional coffee processing.

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