Heat cream base: Add cream, sugar and salt to a pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Bloom gelatin: Place buttermilk in a cup. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Allow to bloom for 5-10 minutes while cream comes to a simmer.
Mix panna cotta base: When cream comes to a simmer, lower heat and whisk in buttermilk/gelatin mixture. Stir in orange zest. Whisk until gelatin is dissolved. Place softened goat cheese in a bowl. Whisk cream mixture into goat cheese, one ladleful at a time, until completely combined.
Strain and pour: Strain panna cotta base through a sieve into a large liquid measuring cup. Pour mixture into desired glasses or ramekins. This is enough for 6-8 servings. Cool at room temperature. Place in fridge to cool and set up completely for several hours or ideally overnight.
Toast pistachios: While panna cotta sets up, toast the pistachios. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle over melted butter and season liberally with salt. Toss. Bake about 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool at room temperature and store in an airtight container.
Serve: To serve, top panna cottas with figs and nuts, and drizzle over honey. Enjoy.