Dear coffee lovers
This month we bring you to Honduras. A tiny mountainous country which in the past decade has become the largest producer in Central America. Historically, the country and the coffee industry in particular, lacked of the same type of development which occurred in the neighboring countries. This has provided a challenge for quality and has meant that much of the coffee produced was mainly traded in the commodity market. The improvement in quality were brought by the establishment of the Istituto Hondureno del Café (IHCAFE) which defined six coffee growing regions endowed with distinct coffee profiles, facilities and infrastructures to support the farmers.
Today more than 110.000 families are involved in the production of coffee across the country.
Classification of coffee
Honduras uses a similar system to El Salvador and Guatemala which categorizes coffees by the altitude:
Strictly High Grown (SHG) —> above 1200m
High Grown (HG)–> above 1000m
(Source: J.Hoffman, The World Atlas of Coffee )
Coffees of the Month – OUR FIRST DIRECT TRADE COFFEE FROM HONDURAS
The two coffees of this month are from the Western department of Copan, named after the city of Copan, famous for its Mayan ruins. This region, which borders Guatemala, with altitudes ranging from 1000m to 1500m produces some of the best coffees of all Central America. The most striking thing of the Copan Mayan ruins is the symbiotic link between centennial trees and the
Hieroglyphs-carved stelaes which form the Principal Group, the central part of the ancient city.
The whole archeological site, one of the most preserved of the ancient Mayan empire, seems to be one with the tropical flora where it is buried into.
FInca Alto de los Santos and Finca el Jutal are farms (finca in Spanish) part of the producer’s co-op CAFESCOR (Cafés Especiales Corquin) headed by Herminio Perdomo. Last May our colleagues Francesco and Miguel had the chance to visit the region invited by Herminio to visit some of the farms, the HQ of the cooperative, the wet and the dry mills, and the organic fertilizer production plant where CAFESCOR transform the by-product of coffee into organic fertilizers to be distributed among its farmer members.
For us this visit marked an important step for improving our relationships with our coffee suppliers. Indeed, during the visit we closed a contract to import our first coffee container directly sourced from CAFESCOR.
More than organic, more than fair trade.
Thanks this new partnership, we can now build a long-term relationship with the producers in the region. We have chosen CAFESCOR because they are a small but well organized reality capable to control coffee quality from the farm to the dry mill selection. It is a transparent and trustworthy business partner and last but not least, it is a social and environmentally sound player. Indeed, at CAFESCOR sustainability is meant not as a label for green washng or ethical marketing but it is one of the core value upon which the co-op is build and operates. The coffee is shade-grown, mimic a natural habitat tha protect native species of flora and fauna (this is why is also “bird-friandly” certified). The coffee is grown in a well integrated agroforesty farming system and thus much more than “just” organic.
Beside envirmental -frendly practices, @cafescor has been selected as partner in Honduras 🇭🇳 also for their commitment to promote equality, fight discrimination and prompt social development for the local coffee producer communities. During our trip, we visited one of the schools in Corquín where teachers are fighting against the heinous decision of the Honduran government to privatize #education. The school hosts different projects with the goal of integrating agriculture within the school curricula. 🌾📚🐓🌱. We met the pupils to tell them that where we come from coffee ☕ is cool stuff and many youth are involved in the coffee industry and do competitions worldwide to excell in their crafts. The murales a local artist just finished to paint, are there to remind the kids that they are integral part of a long and always broken coffee supply chain.
FInca Alto de los Santos is a washed arabica medium roast
Flavours of milk chocolate, yellow fruits and sugar cane. Bright but moderate acidity and a medium body. Just the perfect everyday coffee no matter what is your brewing methods.
Finca el Jutal is a clean natural – Medium roast
Flavours of wallnut, almand, dried dates and strawberry. Moderate acidity and a creamy body with a honey-lie sweetness
We are proud to bring their coffees to you.
Long life to Honduran coffee and Honduran producers!
All best and drink responsibly!
Nordhavn Coffee Roasters
Roasting Class with the CAFESCOR techincians and Qgraders.