Cup profile and tasting notes
Blackberry, apple sour with sparkling acidity and brown sugar
|Coffee||Finca La Arada Black Honey|
|Farm||Finca La Arada|
|Altitude||1300 - 1500 masl|
|Owner||Maria Lidia Rodriguez Chacon|
Our Delivery Policy
Where do we deliver?
We would deliver to Mars if we could – to reach the whole of the universe with good coffee, but it is not that simple – so for now we deliver to:
UK: Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office.
Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
How long will it take?
We do not work at weekends so the term working day means Monday to Friday. If you place an order on the weekend it will not be sent out until Monday.
All orders placed before 13:00hrs 'normally' go out the same day. We do not guarantee orders go out the same day as ordered.
Royal Mail - You can order up to 2kg (7 x 250g bags) using Royal Mail first or second class - orders over 2kg will be sent using Interlink Next Day
UK Mail Next Day - using this service you can order up to 10kg (38 x 250g bags) will ensure your order gets to you the next working day once the order is despatched from the roastery.
If you use this service you maybe required to sign for the delivery unless you elect to take responsibility for loss if left in a safe place. You will receive an email update from UKMail with a one hour delivery window and using the consignment number you track your order.
How do we keep you updated as to the status of your order.
Once you have placed your order you will receive 2 status updates - they will be:
Order confirmation – this means we have received your order and the coffee is yet to be roasted.
Shipped confirmation – this means your order has left our roastery by your chosen method.
Do we meet our delivery deadlines?
We try our best to meet the delivery deadline quoted, but on the odd occasion a parcel can be delayed due to reasons that are out of our control.
Why don't we offer free postage?
Nothing is free in life. We know you all love free postage and sometimes we do offer it as part of a promotion, but it is our policy to charge for postage. We have considered offering free postage but the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere by you the customer. We don’t hide our postage costs.
Missing, Damaged or Incorrect Orders
We try very hard to ensure you receive your order in pristine condition. If you do not receive all your products or in the unlikely event that a product arrives damaged, please contact us via the email address within the 'contact us' section of the website.
Please note: Royal Mail does not class an international shipment as lost or missing for 28 working days unfortunately we can not take any action until this time has passed. During that time we recommend that you ask your local sorting office / post office if they've tried to deliver (even if they haven't left a card) and ask your neighbours if your order has been left with them. You should also check that the delivery address you gave us is correct, this can be found on your shipping confirmation email. If your delivery still hasn't arrived after 14 working days and you have performed the above steps then please email us.
Change of Mind, Address and Cancellations
You can cancel your purchase at any time either before or up to 7 working days* following the day you receive the goods by emailing us at the address shown in the 'contact us' section of the website.
Your product must be complete and in 'as new' condition e.g. if you have opened the postal packet to examine the product you must have done so without damaging or marking the product or packaging. It must not have been used and it must have the heat seal still in place. It should be returned with the original postal packet and packing note you received with it.
Please note that orders that have been ground to order (e.g - not whole roasted beans) may be exempt from our usual returns policy, as these represent a customised special order item. Any 'Free Gifts' received with the product must also be returned. Coffee Real will not refund the cost of postage incurred in returning a item.
If you follow the steps above you will receive a full refund of the product price and any delivery charge paid.
We cannot cancel your purchase when:
The seal has been broken on any products, or the goods were a special order to your specification.
To qualify for a refund or exchange the product must be:
In otherwise "as new" condition; and complete with any free gifts offered with it and, if possible, the original box and packaging.
This promise does not cover faults caused by accident, neglect, misuse or normal wear and tear.
If you have a coffee subscription with us please note that if you change your address and/or product profile in your account settings after the purchase date this will not update your current order, only future orders and thus you will need to notify us by email of any changes you wish to make.
The coffee comes from Finca La Arada one of the newest (relatively speaking) and most progressive / experimental farms in El Salvador. It is owned and managed by Maria Lidia Rodriguez Chacon and her husband Cristobal and this is our third year of taking crop venturing into new post pick processing methods.
This year 2017/18 crop sees us taking four process methods which can be compared together.
This crop is Black Honey Process. We also have from the same lot Yellow Honey, Red Honey, Natural and Washed.
La Arada is also a relatively new farm in terms of controlling their own processing over just producing and having their cherry processed by a central wet mill. Today the farm is now in control of the whole process up to export.
The farm quickly became known for producing quality in a short period of time through the CoE Programme and they are now receiving hefty premiums for the extremely high quality they produce through all processes.
Only perfectly ripe cherries are picked. Freshly picked cherries are collected at the end of each day, weighed and either pulped or left in whole cherry for natural process.
For honey process the cherry is pulped and with the mucilage still fully attached, the beans are spread on African drying beds to dry which, depending on the type of honey process, on weather conditions, they usually dry between 7-14 days to a moisture content of approx. 11 %.
This method not only proves great in the cup but also does not use any water, saving around 30 litres of water per kg of processed beans. Leaving the mucilage on the parchment while drying gives the cup a wonderful enhanced sweetness, fruity notes and a very pleasing sweet based acidity.
The Honey Colour Spectrum
Yellow Honey is exposed to the most light. Because more light means more heat, this coffee usually takes just about a week to dry. (Drying times always depend on the general weather conditions, temperature, and humidity). Red Honey is dried for two to three weeks, usually on overcast days or in the shade.
If it’s very sunny, the farm workers will cover the drying coffee for longer periods of time to reduce light exposure. Black Honey gets the most sheltered from the light and dries for the longest amount of time: at least two weeks. Black Honey is the most labour-intensive and expensive of the honey processed coffees.