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Honduras Organic 18 Rabbit Black Marcala


Flavor Profile

Cupping Notes
Black tea and honey notes with a mild complementing lemongrass acidity. Clean, sweet, balanced, and floral.

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  • CategoryOrganic
  • CountryHonduras
  • Local RegionMarcala
  • ProcessHoney
  • VarietyRed and Yellow Catuai
  • Altitude (meters)1,400 masl
  • Organic CertificationYes
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

The term “Honey Process” refers to how sticky the coffee beans get while processed––it marks the halfway point between a washed coffee and a naturally-processed coffee. The product has a mellow, fruity taste, and the more mucilage left on the bean, the sweeter it becomes. These subcategories of the amount of mucilage and drying time are divided into yellow, red, golden, black, and white honey beans. This black honey flavor is achieved by fermenting the coffee’s cherries for up to 24 hours––the heaviest period–– before de-pulping and drying on raised beds.

18 Rabbit is female-owned and won the Honduras Cup of Excellence in 2014––Señora Flhor’s coffee has been auctioned for over $35 a pound. The 13 farms are separated into micro-lots and overseen by other members of the Zelaya Onteras family, and they’re paid over 300% higher wages than Fair Trade and a high score of 87 points for their noteworthy organic coffee.

Cupping Notes: Black tea and honey notes with a mild complementing lemongrass acidity. Clean, Sweet, Balanced, and Floral.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Customer Reviews

Average Rating
October 7, 2021

Smooth,bold, balanced profile. If visitors from another galaxy dropped in and asked what is this coffee thing about? I would make them this.

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July 6, 2021

Roasting this bean in my Behmor with a manual profile, I get a very fruity cup without the overwhelming jamminess or acidity of some of the funkier natural beans. It has a bit of a tendency to runaway towards second crack with a very faint first crack, but when I nail that fully developed end of first crack roast it is a central pillar to my home espresso blend. This is easily one of my favorite coffees of the last couple of years of roasting!

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March 18, 2022

I didn't think I would get as good or better than an Ethiopian bean I had previously roasted but these beans produce a very flavorful and enjoyable cup of coffee. I roast my beans just past first crack so as to bring out the full flavor. Second crack seems be too dark a bean for my taste. I also don't go beyond about 400F to 410F degrees.

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July 11, 2021

This one's my fave, my go-to. I have a mean sweet tooth, and roasting beans myself allows me to make them as light as I want (caramel-colored when roasted, graham cracker color when ground). Smells like cookies when you grind them, though since I prefer light-as-can-be roast, I only use about a teaspoon's worth to make half a pot so I'm not up all night. Slightly citrusy (which I normally don't like), but a bit of cream rounds it out.

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October 22, 2020

The first thing we noticed about these beans was the large amount of chaff floating around our Behmor roaster as the beans roasted. Other than that, the beans smelled so delicious, and the coffee was delightful. We will definitely get this again, as it is now one of our favorites.

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October 1, 2020

Did two Roasts, one I stopped when first crack started and the other i allowed to go a minute after first crack stopped. Both were good, but I definitely liked the darker roast the best as the flavors really developed. I also noticed that it's a oilier than most. A very good cup of coffee that is a very pleasant break from my regular goto's.

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February 22, 2022

Wow. I roasted 250g of this to 30 seconds past first crack with my Kaldi wide 400. I rested it 4 days. All I can say is WOW. Very herbal and lemony start moving into intense Carmel with a slight chocolatie/floral finish. This one pleased everyone in the household which is hard to do. I’m buying 5 pounds!

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January 30, 2021

Really surprising, chocolatey flavors. I roasted to City +. As an espresso, it had strong citrus flavors that were not really pleasant, but as a cortado with some milk and a touch of sugar, the sweeter flavors emerged. So no espresso for me on this, but it's a great coffee.

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October 1, 2020

My taste buds are not refined enough to address subtle flavor profiles, but I will tell you this is one hell of a good coffee. In fact, I enjoy it so much that it may well become my goto brew, replacing Ethiopian Yirg. I highly recommend you try it, and I'll bet you won't be disappointed.

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August 8, 2020

Roasted twice so far, once to a light-medium, and once to dark. I’ve tried this and the Natural version, and I prefer the natural, personally, for its extremely fruit-forward flavor and aroma. If you don’t prefer that, this one might be for you. I prefer this one as a dark roast, personally, but the natural 18 rabbit is perfect as a medium roast. The black honey process beans tend to look further along than they actually are. I’d advise going a little longer than usual.

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June 27, 2023

This one is so good! Delicious. Every drop!

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March 23, 2023

Amazing coffee! Light roast recommended! Fruity, clean, and fragrant!

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February 17, 2023

What a treat to taste all the 18 Rabbit processes at once. The Black and Natural are some of the most complex but harmonious and sweet coffees ever. Natural is favorite, but Black, Red, Yellow and Washed all shine. The Black Honey is so deep and sweet! Beautiful -- and thanks for such a great opportunity to learn. Yay CBC!

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January 31, 2023

I absolutely love this coffee. I’ve always loved the African coffees, i.e. Ethiopian and Kenya and especially Rwanda, although I still like trying new ones. But this is now one of my favorites. I especially like a light roast where I can pick out the fruit notes, and 18 rabbit black is one of the best for that. I roasted it just to the beginning of first crack and it was perfect for this one. The berry flavor is intense, yet no acid. Love this one!

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April 7, 2022

Good finish, but way too lemony for my taste.

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March 27, 2022

Amazing… followed the recommended roasting suggestions and blew my mind nice taste great body overall this bean hits the spot of the taste We we’re looking for.. will buy again this bean is in my top choice price point is fair I simply enjoyed this bean plain and simple try you just might love it great job on the bean harvest

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August 11, 2021

I’ve been roasting 2.5# small batches for over 20 years. Have tried just about all beans from just about everywhere, and prefer the honey processed varieties. This batch is as good as I’ve found. Smooth with what I consider a perfect profile. Very easy and consistent to roast too. Will buy a bunch of this bean!

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July 30, 2021

I bought a sample bag in the Valentine sale, but did not get around to roasting it for a couple of months. It was very tasty and chocolaty, but it was all sold out by then. I waited patiently for the next batch, and it is even better than the first batch, although less chocolaty. It is extremely complex, good for a sipping coffee as well as drinking with meals. Very robust, roasted to a true medium brown. Stir that whisk briskly in order to get most beans with even color, and trust your eyes at gauging when to stop. I made sure I got several pounds this time, as I am sure it will be a best seller. Do not worry if a couple of beans escape. If they are brown enough, you can put them in with the done ones.

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May 9, 2021

The sweet, milk chocolate and stone fruit notes were prominent in both pour over and espresso. I found that pour overs had a softer acidity, but espressos had more of a citrusy acidity that I thought added a nice little pop to the cup, but wasn't too overpowering and went great with milk based drinks too.

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October 4, 2020

The flavor of this coffee is awesome. It’s good to mix a blend with your other favorites. Love it.

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September 16, 2020

This one actually had berry notes that were irresistible. Thank you Coffee Bean Corral!

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September 12, 2020

You know it's going to taste like heaven when you stand with your nose over the coffee grinder letting the smell of the freshly ground beans soak into your soul. I think this might be the one to drink black. It's incredibly sweet and fruity but still full-bodied at a full city roast. You could probably go much darker with this one and still retain the sweet flavor but there really is no need.

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June 1, 2020

Really yummy! I just started roasting coffee, which I do in my cast iron pan. This was my first batch of roasting, and I was not disappointed. So glad I found this website, delicious coffee has never been more affordable. :)

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May 7, 2020

Absolutely loved this one. Smooth and rounded cup. Actually tastes like it smells in a medium roast. Have already ordered another 3lbs

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April 25, 2020

Definitely one of (if not) my favorite honey process beans. Can’t say enough about. Drinking a cup as I write this review actually

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March 19, 2020

After many attempts with a BarWell Roaster, using 160 °C . I finally achieved a light roast without burning the beans. I used multiple roast sessions as to not over roast. The roaster's temperature gauge I decided was inaccurate. I achieved nirvana with a wonderful sweet chocolate nutty aroma & smooth clean taste with zero bitterness from over roasting. Recommending slow & low roasting <= 160°C. One must be very attentive & check the roasting frequently, it will be worth the effort.

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March 29, 2019

Excellent flavor overall, I purchased for the high complexity and was not disappointed.

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March 6, 2019

Very happy with these beans. They were fruity and ripe with a finishing sweetness and easy drinkability. Due to natural process, I had a little difficulty roasting them, but that's on me! Would buy again.

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December 14, 2018

It's too bad I only ordered a 1/2 lb of these beans. They are pretty amazing. I've just roasted up my second (and last 😣) available batch, and I am hoping the order I'm placing tonight will get to me in time to share with my friends before Christmas. I love when a new coffee becomes a new favorite.

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December 8, 2021

I ordered the sample pack. The black honey was probably the worst seed I have roasted. Very bland taste. I suggest one order a sample before investing in multiple lbs. I rested 2 days before trying a cup. I will now rest for many more days in Hope's to make it drinkable.

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October 29, 2020

Nothing special. I would not reorder

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