“Honduras Californea” from Radford Coffee Co.
roaster: Radford Coffee Company; Radford, VA
This is the second coffee we’ve reviewed from Radford, who has a special and unique mission. Radford is a non-profit coffee shop, that is part of a group of coffee shops supporting the education of children along the Coconut River in Nicaragua.
The coffee is a single origin coffee from Honduras, and we don’t get the chance to review many from this Central American County. Radford however knows this region really well, having sourced other coffees from the county. This coffee is honey processed which when the processor removes the pulp, but leaves some of mucilage (Honey) around the seed (bean). This causes a slight amount of fermentation during the drying period, giving the coffee more acidity. The producer can also control the drying time, which alters the sweetness of the coffee.
As an espresso it was sweet, with strong notes of brown sugar. Heavy on the sweet-side for traditional espresso drinkers, but with a nice full and fresh flavor.
Espresso Rating – 87pts.
This was a really good coffee, with a lot of flavor. In our reviews it was the higher rated of the two coffees we’ve tasted from Radford. It was light and sweet with a good aroma. It certainly has lots of brown sugar flavor, along with some acidity and a hidden peach flavor. It makes for a great summer coffee.
Coffee Rating – 89pts.
Special thanks to Phillip from Radford for the coffee, visit them at www.radfordcoffeeco.com. Make sure you visit them to learn about there great mission.
About our ratings – For both ratings (espresso & pour over) we’re looking at the flavor profile, along with drink-ability and balance. Reviewing the coffee as the espresso gives us extra insights into the nuanced flavors of the beans.