20+ ACTIVE Raw Organic Coffee Bean Honey from Mexico 227g
Equal to 20+ TA manuka honey., our most powerful honey.
In August 2019 this won a Two-Star Great Taste Award from the UK Guild of Fine Food. Known as the "oscars" of the fine food world, thousands of food products enter the annual Great Taste awards but only very few win two-star awards. Read on for the judges' comments.
227g net weight in a glass jar
The world's first active coffee bean honey. The tastier and affordable alternative to manuka honey.
Lab certified 20.5 antibacterial Total Activity (see certificate).
Equal to TA 20+ manuka honey which costs up to £100 a jar.
Why spend £100 on a 250g jar of Comvita manuka 20+ honey when you can get a tastier 20+ honey for less?
From bees feeding on arabica coffee bean plantations in Chiapas, Mexico, one of the world's finest coffee producing regions.
Raw (unpasteurised), none of the pollen has been filtered out
Certified organic GB-ORG-04
Crystallised, with tasting notes of vanilla, molasses and chocolate coffee (mocha)
The judges who awarded this honey a Two-Star Great Taste Award described it:
"Visually enticing, this honey has a rich caramel colour. The honey tastes like caramel with floral notes. It melts on the tongue and is very moreish."
"A deeply caramel coloured honey. The aroma is of toast and toffee- hugely pleasant. The flavours are deep and long lasting."
"There is a perceptible coffee note here, which we weren't necessarily expecting, but it has a pleasant, almost savoury, certainly mineral presence. It balances the sweetness well."
"Lovely flavour, nice sharpness and great colour."
Read on for more details about the origin, taste and uses of this crystallised honey.
Indigenous tribes in Mexico have been farming coffee for hundreds of years. Today, Mexico produces some of the world's finest organic coffee.
But the best organic coffee in Mexico is grown in the beautiful mountain highlands of Chiapas state in southern Mexico, which lie 1000-1500m above sea level.
The indigenous tribes of Chiapas manage 1500 independent coffee plantations as the main source of their livelihood.
The Coffea arabica plant is native to the mountains of Yemen. It was the first species of coffee to be cultivated.
Coffea arabica grows best at high altitude in tropical regions in the 15-24C temperature range.
The plants reach 9-12m in height. The annual bloom produces small white flowers of 10-15mm diameter.
8-9 months later the flowers ripen into the shiny red coffee "cherries." Each coffee cherry contains two arabic seeds, or beans. The coffee beans.
Coffee honey with a 16% coffea pollen count is considered good coffee honey. This honey has a coffea pollen count of 40%, which means that it is exceptional.
Tasting notes: Vanilla and molasses with a light chocolate coffee (mocha) aftertaste
Texture: crystallised (sets quickly due to the high pollen content)
Aroma: dark chocolate
This honey tastes delicious straight from the spoon, over toast or porridge, or with good quality yoghurt, fresh cream or ice-cream.
In accordance with EU directive 1924/2006 we are unable to make any health claim about any of our honeys. The information given below is either background information about the plants from which our honey comes, or anecdotal based on customer reviews. It should not be inferred from the plant properties that this honey automatically possesses the same qualities or provides the same benefits as the plant.”
This honey has a lab certified antibacterial Total Activity rating of 20.5. This means that it is equal to a 20.5% antibacterial solution.
It can be consumed like any other honey or applied on the skin in small amounts.
A 2016 study by Sao Paolo State University in Brazil found that coffee bean honey contained:
- High levels of Vitamin C (29.5mg / 100g), the same as grapefruit, tangerines, mangoes and spinach.
- More potassium (96mg / 100g) than bananas, apples and papayas.
- More calcium (34mg / 100g) than cauliflower and bananas.
A 2015 study by Chiang Mai University in Thailand found that coffee bean honey contained:
- A higher antibacterial content than other honeys
- A higher flavonoid content than every other honey, including manuka
- The highest anti-tyrosinase activity among 16 other honeys. Tyrosinase inflames the skin and causes pigmentation issues.
For maximum benefits, eat half a teaspoon of this honey first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or mix it into a glass of cool water and drink it.
This honey can be used like ordinary honey but is best taken as a half teaspoon of this honey mixed into a glass of cool or warm (not hot) water and drunk three times a day on an empty stomach.
1. Moura Kadri, Samir & Zaluski, Rodrigo & Lima, Giuseppina & Mazzafera, Paulo & Orsi, Ricardo. (2016). Characterization of Coffea arabica nonofloral Honey from Espírito Santo, Brazil. Food Chemistry. 203. 10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.074.
2. Jantakee, Kanyaluck and Yingmanee Tragoolpua. Activities of different types of Thai honey on pathogen1c bacter1a causing skin d1seases, tyros1nase enzyme and generating free radicals. Biological research vol. 48,1 4. 16 Jan. 2015, doi:10.1186/0717-6287-48-4
Note: unless where specifically mentioned, none of these statements have been clinically proven in scientific trials and none of these statements constitute a claim as to any health benefit. Please contact us for links to the various scientific studies cited in these statements.
This honey has an ever so slightly aroma of coffee without it transgressing the other items you have on your plate.
Imagine polenta that immediately dissolves in the mouth, giving way to notes of cereal, molasses and wholemeal toast. The texture is consistent and has not changed since I purchased my pot.
I also use this honey as a mask or in a cold bath because of the high TA rating - it works fantastically well. Although Manuka honey is advertised as the go-to ingredient when creating bespoke face masks, it is worth looking up the difference between MGO, UMF and TA in honey before eliminating all the other wonderful options out there.
I drink a tablespoon of honey with warm water every day before I eat or drink any other food or drink & the health benefits that I get can only be due to gods gift to humanity