Honey is a place of magic, where community comes to connect, where the invitation is to unplug from the norm and embrace something novel.
We offer an invitation away from familiar forms of indulgence, encouraging rejuvenation over depletion. Our menu is a carefully crafted collection of unique and obscure beverages that are intended to elevate and enhance the human experience. Our space is equally curated, where the aesthetic of our funky lux lounge interplays with the senses and sets the stage for intimate and meaningful social connections.
Honey has partnered with two local Master Jun brewers to bring a wide selection of uplifting and mood altering options. Ish’s Brew and Ling Elixirs are both based locally in Boulder, CO. We will feature a rotating menu of flavors to showcase the unique alchemy that each of these brewers have honed for over a decade. Infused with medicinal herbs, super foods, botanicals, and plenty of other secret ingredients, every glass of Jun brings palpable energetic shifts from the very first sip. We are proud and privileged to offer Jun as a cornerstone of our elixir bar menu.
Jun is best described as a cousin to Kombucha in that they are both made by fermenting tea and sugar. The Jun SCOBEY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) is much more rare and unique in that it exclusively feeds on honey and the result is a deliciously an effervescent beverage rich in probiotics, prebiotics and amino acids. Probiotics introduce healthy bacteria into the gut, which contributes to creating and maintaining a strong immune system, while prebiotics assist probiotics in doing their job.
There is not much that is known about the origins of Jun as its brewing has always been a protected secret. It is thought to have originated in northern China and Tibet, and the mystery surrounding this beverage is widely due to the thought that Jun may aid with enlightenment. “The Jun Scobey multiplies as fast as honey, growing maybe 1% with each batch brewed, and only the most refined brew masters know the secrets of temperature, timing, ratios and a serene environment that allow a Jun Scobey to flourish and produce mind expanding, body toning, tasty beverages.”
To offer the highest quality organic cacao, we have partnered with Ruk’u’x Ulew, a Mayan Women’s Co-op in the village of San Marcos on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. 100% of proceeds go to the Mayan families who produce this ancestral medicine.
Cacao, or drinking chocolate, has a colorful history that is as long as it is delicious. Originating in South America, it was a precious commodity in Mayan and Aztec societies where they used cacao beans as their currency. For this reason, nobles were the only ones who could afford to drink their money, earning it the Latin name Theobroma Cacao, which translates to “Food of the Gods.” Cacao pods take 4-5 months to grow and several weeks to ripen, each pod containing between 40-50 beans. Once the fruit has been picked it takes several more weeks to ferment and dry the harvested beans. Hundreds of beans are required for a single pound of cacao, which is why in ancient cultures it was such a prized resource. Now, access to cacao has expanded across the globe and we are happy to offer this rich and uplifting beverage at Honey and give everyone a taste of royalty.
Beyond tasting exquisite, the health benefits of cacao are extensive. The active ingredient in cacao is Theobromine a mild stimulant but causes muscle relaxation and a mild euphoria as well as increases the heart rate, which can lead to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Cacao is rich in Polyphenols a naturally occurring antioxidant linked to reduced inflammation, increased blood flow, lower blood pressure as well as reducing cholesterol. These properties have been linked to a lower risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke. The flavanols found in cacao can cross the blood-brain barrier and are involved in the biochemical pathways that produce neurons and molecules important for brain function. In addition to the positive impact on age-related mental degeneration, Cacao’s effect on the brain may also improve mood and combat against symptoms of depression. If all that isn’t enough, cacao also contains antibacterial, anti-enzymatic and immune stimulating properties that can protect against cavities and gum disease. It is truly a miracle.
TBD - The Denver Health Department has put a hold on our ability to serve traditional Kava.
We are doing our best to remedy the situation.
Our fair trade and community approach means we have always worked to build both strong, business partnerships and personal friendships with our suppliers and their local villages. Our business model is based on mutual respect and understanding.”
Kava is a root native to the Oceana Region of island communities of the South Pacific from Hawaii down to New Zealand which include three distinct cultural regions; Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Though grown on many islands, it’s undisputed home is the archipelago of Vanuatu. Vanuatu Kava is consistently the most potent and highly prized. Pentecost Island is the highest volume kava-producing island in the world; it is the undisputed center of the kava-growing universe. Kava from here is like a gift from god, it is
Kava is an esteemed mind and mood-altering agent, which occupies a central, place in culture and custom, and is the key component in maintaining tradition and ritual, spirituality, and social order. Kava is the name of both the plant Piper Methysticum and the pungent beverage prepared from its
Kava’s effects come from kavalactones, the pharmacologically active compound in the plant and beverage that determine the nature and intensity of the psychosomatic effect. Indigenous people of the South Pacific use kava to significantly alter the physical and mental state of the drinker in highly pleasurable ways. When enjoyed in moderation, kava is a fundamentally friendly drug, promoting a state of tranquility, happiness, and contentment. Kava reinforces social bonds, and enhances sense of community. It does NOT invoke aggression, violence, incapacitation, or hangover. It does not deteriorate health or fragment the mind. It is not addictive nor does it diminish reason, clarity, or memory.
We have connected with Kalm with Kava, a company who since 2010 has been committed to sourcing directly from small Pacific Island farms to ensure we can offer the freshest and highest quality Noble kava.
Purchasing direct from local farmers and avoiding large distributors helps us to ensure the quality of our kava products, and the absence of a middleman means that the farmers and villages receive more money too. Despite the growth in kava exports, many kava-growing communities in the Pacific islands are still relatively poor with both economic and infrastructure challenges. We find ways to give back to these communities.