Honduran

Honduran

Honduran

Santa Rosa & El Fino

An immediate upfront body with powering smooth cocoa notes and just a perfect sustained flavour right through the middle palate folding into the sweet gentle caramelly finish. Very rare two dimensional complete coffee.

 

El Fino

After purchasing this Cup of Excellence coffee we decided to put it aside to age for a few years and boy has it been worth the wait.

The Cup of Excellence program was developed to lift the profile of coffee in the producing countries. It basically allows the coffee growers to exhibit their produce in a professional unbiased blind tasting competition to showcase the pinnacle of each origin.

Miguel Moreno Leiva and his father Daniel Moreno have owned the micro lot farm called El Fino. Miguel remembers his father having the property some 40 years back whereby it only had a small pulping machine and a wooden fermentation tank with a tiny capacity of 90 kilos. Over the years Miguel was determined to improve the coffee quality. With limited knowledge, he courageously enter the 2nd Honduran Cup of Excellence  in 2005 but unfortunately Miguel placed last. This result only fuelled Miguel determination to get it right. He entered again in 2006 and paid much attention at IHCAFE where he would bring his coffee cherries for processing. This time he placed 18th. In 2007 Miguel went again only this time processing the coffee himself with better results he then went on to place 3rd in 2008 and this year he placed 5th overall. Coffee is very important to Miguel and the local community. The farm provides the livelihood for 60 local families and Miguel says-

"we need a lot of labour to help clean the farm, process the cherries, drying and sorting. We have much to do!!! And thank God, with the coffee production we help many people".

 

Santa Rosa

Beneficio Santa Rosa has been a key component in contributing to increase the profile of Honduran coffee to the market place. Founded in 2004, Beneficio Santa Rosa is a large dry mill with six regional share holder co-ops that rely on the mill for processing their harvested coffee which represents all of Honduraƛ micro zones.

Located on the western border in the Copan region where the highest peak Celaque stands at 2,800m, provides excellent rich soils and ideal climatic conditions for growing such an excellent full bodied chocolate tasting coffee. Beneficio Santa Rosa has been recognised internationally for their creativity, innovation and quality which has won them the prestigious "Presidential Award for Exporters" awarded by the President of Honduras. It is the highest award to attain in the Honduran coffee community and the criteria covers export volume, export growth rate, economic stability, job creation, innovation, economic, social and environmental programs.

Beneficio Santa Rosa was one of the first groups from Latin American to help introduce fair trade to isolated small farmers. Education has been the key factor in helping the small farmers develop skills to work towards sustaining the environment.

Location - Copan region

Altitude - 1,500-2,000 masl

Bean varietal - Bourbon,Typica, Caturra

Process - Washed

Certification - Fair Trade Organic / Cup of Excellence

Flavour - Sticky caramel chocolate, subtle fruit acidity with good body

 

 

Feeling like a cup of Honduran fair trade organic coffee?

Then get on the highway south west of Comayagua and head for the mountains to Marcala the Organic haven. If you want to be more impressed fill up your thermos with Marcalas organic brew and keep going towards the pine forest heading for ElSalvador where you will find  El Chiflador the famous waterfall. Sit back pour yourself a cup and just chill out, absolutely breathtaking!

The abundance of natural water provided from El Chiflador is perfect for this great washed coffee. Free from pesticides and agrochemicals allows this high grown hard bean to really shine. For a single origin this is one rare coffee that has more than one dimension and can comfortably stand alone. Honduran coffee is predominately quite mellow, crisp and fruity in flavour, however this specialty line coming from Marcala still has the fruitness but is packed with a sticky caramel chocolate flavour, good body and an evenly balanced acidity giving this coffee a second dimension.

Honduran's flourishing coffee production dates way back to 1804. Today, 2,000,000 people are directly involved in coffee harvesting and 30% of the population relies on coffee for their livelihood.

 

Location - Copan region

Altitude - 1,500-2,000 masl

Bean varietal - Bourbon,Typica, Caturra

Process - Washed

Certification - Fair Trade Organic / Cup of Excellence

Flavour - Sticky caramel chocolate, subtle fruit acidity with good body

 

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