Love Buzz: Honduras Santa Barbara
Can you feel my love buzz? We’re kicking off the month of love with a beautiful Parainema from the Santa Barbara region of Honduras: Love Buzz. Fall head over heels for the juicy tasting notes of fresh strawberry, ripe papaya, and crisp riesling in this single origin produced by our friend, Benjamin Paz.
This is our second time sourcing a Honduran Parainema from Paz, whose passion, expertise, and commitment to farmers has elevated him to celebrity status in specialty coffee markets around the world. Parainema coffees were first grown in Honduras for their pest and disease resistance. However, Q Graders (coffee sommeliers) had never scored them very highly during tastings. This was until Paz won the 2017 Honduras Cup of Excellence with a Parainema, taking the specialty coffee world by surprise!
Soft Tropics, last year’s Parainema crop from Paz, was truly exceptional and became one of our fastest selling single origins to date. Our green team knew we had to book this coffee again for the 2024 calendar. This year’s lot blew away our expectations yet again. It’s almost like another coffee entirely!
We named this coffee Love Buzz for Nirvana’s debut single, a cover of the Dutch rock band Shocking Blue’s song of the same name. While Shocking Blue & Nirvana’s songs are technically the same, like the 2023 & 2024 Parainemas, we much prefer the latter as a fresh update on a proven classic. You won’t need Cupid’s arrow to fall in love with this coffee - say “be mine” to Love Buzz before it’s gone!
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