The term honey coffee thinks this coffee variant contains honey. But in reality not a bit of honey is used in the process of making this coffee. The term honey instead, instead refers to the end result of processing. The sensation of sweet and tender taste is very special, there is a taste of hazelnuts that drop on the tongue when sipping this coffee. The process is also unique, determining its quality.
Honey process is carried out on coffee that has just come out of the pulper dried in the sun without fermentation. Drying is also not done in the hot sun, but under cool weather. It sounds simple, but requires extra care and skill from coffee makers. Therefore, to date, this coffee variant is quite rare.
The procedure for processing coffee by honey process, briefly is as follows:
1. Pick cherry
2. Pulping by leting the fixed floor on seeds
3. Drying gabah around 2-3 days
4. Hulling (powder skills)
5. Green bean drying
One characteristic of the honey process method has been successful, usually when grain drying there are many ants approaching it.The reason being this honey process coffee has a sweet and fragrant aroma. Gayo coffee beans is among the archipelago’s specialty coffees from Aceh which is very popular with various groups in the world. Gayo coffee has a very unique aroma and taste. Most coffee is available, the bitter taste is still left on our tongue, but not so in Gayo coffees. Bitter taste is hardly felt in this coffee. The original taste of Gayo coffee is definitely in the aroma of fragrant coffee and the savory taste is nearly not bitter.
There are even those who argue that the taste of Gayo coffee exceeds the taste of Blue Mountain coffee originating from Jamaica. Gayo Aceh Gayo coffee is produced from smallholder plantations in the Gayo highlands, Central Aceh. In that area coffee is grown in a natural and organic way without chemicals so this coffee is also known as green coffee (environmentally friendly). Gayo coffee is touted as the best organic coffee in the world.
Gayo Honey Process Arabica Coffee is the newest method of processing coffee beans. This method has gotten popular from 2 years ago. In Indonesia alone, not many coffee producers have dared to process green beans by honey process, because the failure rate is quite high with a considerable risk of loss. Therefore, it is only natural if the price of coffee with the Honey Process method is more expensive than other specialty grade arabica.