Guiben Honey

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Impressions: candied peach, cane sugar, lemon blossom, tropical (kiwi, pineapple), pine nut, oolong tea.
Roast degree: light-medium

Country: China
Region: Guiben (autonomous prefecture of Xishuangbanna)

Variety: catimor
Process: honey

One of the best relationships we have at origin is the one with Yunnan Coffee traders and the Guiben farmers. TianCai, the farm manager and overall genius behind the processing, farming and quality control of those coffees, aims to connect with buyers that share the same values as the farmer group, which is to develop long term commitment at fair prices. We have no plans to go anywhere and as of next harvest, we will buy exclusively from Guiben in Yunnan!

Mutual respect is key to build trust, and that is what we have been building by working closely together for the last 3 years.

It feels really great to have one of their coffee back on the menu!

Even though they are doing some natural process and are starting to experiment with washed coffees, the honey process is the one that’s been performing the best according to TianCai.
Upon picking, the coffee cherries stay intact for 2 days before being depulped. It then spends 2 days in sealed containers before hitting the drying patios.

This ensures a better sweetness while creating a super clean and easy to drink coffee.

Guiben is a small farming community. Coffee is getting more and more popular in China, and multiple farmers in neighbouring areas started to use chemical fertilizers as a mean to grow their farms faster.
Despite this situation, TianCai is committed to organic practices to preserve their environment. They are in it for the long game, and a healthy soil is crucial.

This is more costly though, so partnering with buyers willing to pay more for coffee is key. It’s a no brainer to buy exclusively from them because in a blind tasting, Guiben coffees are consistently at the top when it comes to complexity, cleanliness and sweetness.

Stay tuned because we have one more coffee from them coming to the menu soon, and we have so much in the works for future harvests!

Say hello to one of the most chuggable coffee we had from Yunnan, and maybe overall!

This coffee is intensely sweet, with a balanced profile, clean and syrupy mouthfeel and very lingering aftertaste.
It's one of those coffees that goes well in both filter and espresso, and that you can either drink fast while getting stuff done or slow down and analyse all the subtleties.

We had a lot of tropical notes, including kiwi and pineapple. It's also floral: think oolong tea and citrus blossom. The sweetness reminded us of cane sugar and candied peach, and we could notice hints of pine nuts as well.

A truly wonderful, easy to drink coffee!

Method Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 18 g 2.2:1 30-34 sec
Espresso with milk 18g 2:1 32-36 sec
Americano 18 g 2.3:1 28-32 sec

V60/Origami 

23 g 16:1 3:30-4:00 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 15.5:1 4:15-5:30 min

 French Press

18-25 g 15:1 4:00 min steep time

Farmers: Guiben
Farm manager: TianCai
Exporter: Yunnan Coffee Traders
Importer: Atlas Coffeee

Price paid by us to Atlas for the landed coffee in the Continental warehouse in New Jersey: 4,89USD/lb
This includes storage fees until September 2022 (0,11USD/lb) freight cost (0,39USD/lb) and a new, special 7,5% US tax on Chinese products (0,29USD/lb).

Shipping fees + customs from New Jersey: 0,30USD/lb

FOB price (price from the farm up until it's safely in a container, ready for export): 3,83USD/lb

Estimated farmgate price (basically money in the farmers hand) after conversion from local currency: 2,90-3,10USD/lb

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We have been working together closely for the last 3 years. We contributed to the installation of better drying patios last year by raising money with our Return to Origin coffee and fundraiser.

But this relationship goes both way and we help each other out. When covid hit and demand for coffee from within China grew crazy, making prices soar, TianCai refused to sell the coffee for a quick profit because it would have meant having no coffee for us.

So he sacrificed short terms financial gain for a long term partnership with us by keeping the coffee more affordable. (don’t worry, we still paid good money for those beautiful beans ;-) )

TianCai is a smart, motivated young entrepreneur that understands economics. When international prices are low, he expects his partners to buy the coffee at a price point that allows his family and community to still thrive, but when export logistics is expensive and prices are internally high in China, he doesn't hesitate to help his buyers get more his delicious coffees at a price point that benefits everyone.

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