El Puente Honey – Data Sheet
– Coffee name: El Puente Honey
– Grade: Product of Colombia
– Country: Colombia
– Region: Palestina, Huila
– Altitude: 1.550 – 1.980 m.a.s.l
– Varieties: Castillo – Caturra – Colombia – Bourbon
– Drying: Sun-dried
– Processing: Honey
– Notes: Green Apple, Plum, Mango and Blackberries
– Acidity: Mild
– Body: Medium – Dense
– SCA Score: >87
El Puente Honey is produced at the El Puente Mill…a processing facility, built in 2018, for the nearby farms. El Puente (meaning bridge) is named after the footbridge over the river near the new El Puente processing facility. This facility in the Palestina region of southern Huila processes coffee from small surrounding farms, of over one hundred families, who produce coffee on their farms and deliver it to El Puente, which is designed to handle larger volumes of coffee than the mills on individual farms can process.
El Puente is a pilot project that is supported by community investments in the sustainable development of rural areas.
Given that the economic factor for the producing families near El Puente could have an added value in their coffees, since, from the beginning, those producers that have one or two hectares, do not have a pulping or drying mill on their farms and have to sell their wet coffee. It is there where the mill receives the coffee from the neighbouring producers and pay them at a premium price, even without having the coffee processed. This social impact helps significantly to motivate the coffee farmers to cultivate good quality coffee and how important it is to maintain the harvest very well.
All the processes are overlooked and directed by the famous Elkin Guzman himself.
“This project is helping producers reduce the amount of work and risk they take on to process coffee during the peak of harvest. All while getting a premium price for their product. We’re working to bring the best out of each lot, from reception of the cherry to milling at our wet and dry mills, through shipping. Expect some top-notch naturals and honey’s as well as innovative fermentations!” – Clearpath
El Puente Honey Process
The coffees that arrive at the El Puente Mill are then either processed as Honey, Natural or washed. In this case, the coffee from El Puente underwent the Honey process. The first step is to place the harvested cherries in the coffee harvest sacks for a 24-hour fermentation. After arriving at the coffee processing plant, the coffee proceeds to the floating process in order to eliminate impurities. The coffee is then left in the same sacks for 24 to 36 hours of fermentation. After fermentation, it is de-pulped and placed directly in the sun to begin the process of honey drying, this is a coffee that takes between 25 to 27 days in direct sunlight. The remaining mucilage left on the beans during the fermentation and drying stages adds sweetness to the final cup.