On the picturesque slopes of the Montecillos Mountain Range, a cooperative of small, Honduran coffee growers produce high-quality, sustainable coffee as a whole community. Every year the Kingdom Growers cooperative works with approximately 200 small farm holders, providing them with access to an expanding eco-friendly knowledge base with a variety of training and farm management resources, including proper techniques for processing and milling. Farmers work together with the goal of increasing yields while collectively raising income for everyone’s benefit. Farmers here have realized the need for high grade, specialty coffee and we have really loved the extra care that Kingdom Growers takes to ensure its quality. The farms generally range in size from 1 – 12 acres and are spread between elevations of 4000 to 5200 feet. The lots are handpicked and centrally processed to ensure ideal cup quality.
Since 2005 Kingdom Growers has been working to aid in the development of sustainable farming practices and to empower coffee-growing farmers, families and communities to adopt their own solutions. Founded in Siguatepeque and known to locals as “Cultivadores del Reino,” its mission seeks to provide technical guidance and assistance in order to increase productivity, improve cup quality, and promote interdependence. Kingdom Growers also assists farmers with market access and advocates for farm-to-cup transparency to help deepen connections between farmers and consumers.
The Montecillos region is comprised of the smaller locales of La Paz, Comayagua, Santa Barbara and Intibuca; it is one of six major, Honduran coffee-growing regions as defined by The Honduran Institute of Coffee, IHCAFE. Montecillos is known for its coffee with fruity, peach and citrus profiles, with a pleasing aftertaste and smooth body. The region is mainly comprised of Bourbon, Catuí, Caturra and Pacas varietals.
In 1970 the Honduran government created the Honduran Coffee Institute to develop and strengthen the country’s many coffee regions, in a manner similar to that of neighboring Colombia. In the year 2000 the institute was formally transformed into IHCAFE, creating an independent, non-profit organization to promote and bolster improved growing and processing techniques.
As a result, over the last 15 – 20 years Honduras has greatly improved its production and growing practices in response to an expanding Central American market. In 2011 Honduras became Central America’s top coffee producer, surpassing heavyweights Guatemala and Colombia. While once known as a producer of lower grade Centrals, recent upgrades to infrastructure, combined with expanded support for sustainable growing practices has successfully established Honduras as a regional leader.
|Producer:||Cultivadores de Reino (Kingdom Growers)|
|Variety:||Bourbon, typica, caturra|
|Altitude:||4,000 – 5,200 ft|
|Harvest:||December - April|