About the Mead and Honey
Where do you get your honey?
We ethically source honey from colonies of Western Honeybee (Apis mellifera) and Philippine Giant Honeybee (Apis dorsata breviligula). Raw honey used by Coffeexmead are primarily from our own Western Honeybee colonies in Fairview, Quezon City, and in Barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. Coffeexmead augments our honey supply from other ethical and local suppliers for our mead production and coffee operations. We do not import honey.
What is mead?
Mead is often referred to as the nectar of the gods and is one of the oldest known fermented beverages. It is created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with the addition of fruits, spices, grains, or hops for flavoring. It’s alcohol content varies but is typically around 5–20%.
Why is mead expensive and difficult to produce?
Mead is expensive because honey is expensive.
Why does mead come in different colors?
The color of mead depends on the color of the honey used. It is also influenced by other ingredients used during the fermentation process. La Mesa Mead mainly uses honey from Western honeybee. To support local farmers, we may also release mead batches using honey from the Philippine Giant Honey Bee.
Mead from honey produced by Western honeybees result to a mead that is transparent golden yellow to reddish brown. On the other hand, mead from honey produced by the Philippine Giant Bee would age directly to reddish brown but the clarification process takes longer. The taste profiles are also different although using the same recipe (except for the honey) and aging process.
Why is honey expensive?
Honey production requires a lot of time, labor and resources, and the supply of honey is affected by factors such as climate change, bee diseases and pests. Therefore, honey prices are high and mead makers have to pay more for their main ingredient. Mead also takes longer to ferment than beer or wine, which adds to the production costs.
Where do you get your coffee beans?
We’re still a work in progress with our own coffee beans. Our Arabica and Liberica coffee plants in our farm at San Antonio, Zambales are still growing and has yet to provide its first harvest.
For the meantime, we are procuring our coffee beans from ethical sources of Arabica and Liberica beans grown locally. We majority make use of Liberica because its properties compliment honey the most.
Can I buy a bottle of mead?
Yes, check here.
Can I buy honey?
We don’t sell honey as we use all of our output to manufacture mead.
Where do you brew your mead?
We brew our mead at Neopolitan Greater Lagro, Fairview, Quezon City. We are approximately 1 kilometer away from La Mesa Watershed, the last remaining rainforest of its size in Metro Manila.
What is La Mesa Mead?
La Mesa Mead is the brand name of our specialty mead using locally sourced honey from the Republic of the Philippines. It is made only with the help of yeast and Filipino spices. Brewed nearby La Mesa Watershed, the last remaining rainforest of its size in Metro Manila. It has an alcohol per volume of 15% and is sold in 750 mL bottles and comes in a wooden box. La Mesa Mead production spans 1 month and is further aged for 1 month.
What is a session mead?
Coffeexmead offers session mead for in-house consumption. Session meads are light meads with an alcohol content below 8%. Our session mead is aged for 1 week.
Are your materials locally sourced?
Our honey is 100% locally-sourced. The wooden boxes are manufactured by carpenters in Quezon City. We have yet to validate the wood used are also locally sourced. Instead of bubble wraps and the likes, we use washed and dried leaves as fillers in the wooden box to protect the glass bottles and the mead while being transported.
I am a beekeeper. Can I supply you honey?
We are actively looking for more suppliers of Apis mellifera honey that is locally-maintained and ethically managed. If you are interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Startup
Why the name Coffeexmead?
Coffeexmead is read as “coffee x mead,” or “coffee and mead.” Our cocktails infuse our light mead and honey, which creates a flavor profile unique to Coffeexmead.
It is spelled like this so it’s easier to remember and is trademarkable. It is also great that all social media handles and domain names with coffeexmead were available which helps in our branding.
Are you a part of any incubator or accelerator programs?
No, we are not part of any incubator or accelerator programs for startups. We are assisted though by the Small Business and Cooperatives Development Promotions Office of Quezon City LGU.
What’s the difference between Coffeexmead and La Mesa Mead?
Coffeexmead is our physical store and retail operations. It is also the name of our corporate entity. La Mesa Mead is the name of our mead product.
About the Meadery and Cocktail Bar Operations
What are your store operating hours?
Effective December 17, 2023 (Sunday) we will be transforming our main location at Villa Vienna 1B, Neopolitan Greater Lagro to a cloud brewery slash production facility. This means we won’t be operating as a coffee shop and cocktail bar in this particular location.
By doing this, we will be able to scale up our La Mesa Mead production to deliver not just 1 variant but several. We aim to create specific mead variants that can address a wide range of customers with varying levels of sophistication.
Of course, we’re still in the lookout for our next cocktail bar branch at the heart of Fairview, or the rest of Metro Manila. More updates about this real soon.
Do you cater to events?
We do not actively cater to off-site events. However, email us at email@example.com for any opportunities.
Can we visit your production facility?
Since our production facility is quite small, generally rule is no outsiders are allowed inside our production facility. However, we do have a glass window so people can take a peek inside. If you have a special case, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Apiary
Can we visit your apiary?
Our colonies are split between Fairview QC and Pundaquit, Zambales. We may entertain guests on a case-to-case basis. Just send us an email at email@example.com.