Our Honduras Organic coffee is cooperatively grown by Cafes Finos Corquin (CAFICO) within the Copán Department and just outside of the massive 65,000 acre Celaque National Park. The CAFICO organization partners with over 300 growing members and maintains a focus on socio-economic development, gender equality and protection of the environment. Their farmers are provided with certification training, access to quality technications, transportation services, cupping labs and subsidized support for their ecologically sensitive wet mill. The CAFICO Honduras Organic coffee farms range in elevation from 2,952 – 5,249 feet and utilize a sandy type of loam to produce their arabica, which has been cultivated in this region since 1885.
The lots are washed and either sun dried or mechanically dried when weather and precipitation doesn’t permit outdoor drying. In addition to being certified organic, and grown without chemicals or pesticides, this lot of Honduras Organic coffee is also a certified Rainforest Alliance coffee. Together these certifications provide a very reliable standard, and ensure that growers and mill operators are being held to the highest levels of quality and sustainability—and receiving the best possible premiums in exchange.
Much of the overall landmass of Copán is considered part of the nation’s Western Highlands and shares a border with Guatemala to the east and the departments of Lempira and Ocotepeque to the west, where their borders intersect inside of Celaque National Park. In addition to growing coffee, the Copán Department is home to a large number of tobacco plantations, whose trade has been affiliated with the city of Santa Rosa ever since Spanish colonial times.
Celaque National Park commands an incredible bounty of resources, including nine riverways, miles of pristine pine forests and the nation’s highest mountain peak, Cerro Las Minas, which stands at an impressive 9,400 feet. The Celaque rivers are the primary source of fresh water for both drinking and agricultural purposes; Las Capucas and San Pedro are just two of many townships who benefit from the Celaque waters.
Over the last decade, Honduras has quietly become the source of some of the best-produced Central American coffees, as farmers, the government and the Honduran Coffee Institute or IHCAFE have made deliberate efforts to improve quality and processing techniques. Generally speaking Honduran coffee has a softer flavor profile in relation to Guatemalans or Costa Ricans.
|Producer:||Cafes Finos Corquin (CAFICO)|
|Variety:||Caturra, Lempira, Catuai, Bourbon|
|Processing:||Washed, Sun Dried & Mechanical|
|Altitude:||2,952 - 5,249 ft (900 - 1600m)|
|Classifications:||Organic, Rainforest Alliance|
|Harvest:||November – April|