Best Friends Honey takes an unexpected approach to making honey goods that are organic, locally sourced and truly original. Inspired by the way bees interact with nature to create such a sweet and tasty ingredient, the small but spiritedcompany is committed to inventing new recipes that bring people together.
Our Story: From Humble Beginnings to Stocked Store Shelves
In 2005, California Polytechnic State University enrolled three friends (Jeremy, Ross and Mauria) who would go on to reimagine the way honey can be used and enjoyed. On a whim, Jeremy signed up for a beekeeping class where he discovered an appreciation for the tiny, flying insects. Though Ross took some convincing (and was initially slightly terrified of the bee yard), he joined Jeremy, and the two started helping with queen raising. Soon the guys were asked to take on bee removal jobs around the city—a service they later named The Humble Bumble.
Realizing they had access to lots and lots of bees and a true knack for DIY culture, the guys began experimenting with honey recipes, marking the unofficial early days of Best Friends Honey. Today, with the help of Mauria—who works behind the scenes on every aspect of the brand’s design and development—the friends are proud to have Best Friends Honey stocked in store shelves at Whole Foods and Alberta Coop Grocery. Based in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, New York, the company aspires to bring its products to every state in between the two coasts.
Our Honey: The Goodness of Local Bees
Best Friends Honey sources raw wildflower honey from a local beekeeper located in the Willamette Valley of the Pacific Northwest. Raw honey is pure and unfiltered—the way nature intended. For this reason, its appearance is slightly cloudy due to tiny flecks of pollen and honeycomb.
Our Process: A Natural Way of Working
The secret to exceptional honey goods is a true commitment to using as many local, organic ingredients as possible and handpacking in small batches with care. Most Best Friends Honey products involve a fourday production process. The team spends weeks experimenting and tastetesting to refine their recipes until each is highfive worthy. While perfecting Hot Chili Honey, Jeremy visited an authentic Mexican market in Portland and bought every type of chili pepper available so he could find just the right mix of kick and flavor. That’s just one example of the company’s dedication to making the best honey products in the region and beyond.