The coffee story
In 2020, I participated in a series of workshops organized by Cafesmo, to learn how to prepare specialty coffees and it was an extraordinary experience. Maybe, because I am an engineer, I have a brain that loves science and technique, and preparing a great specialty coffee is about exactly that.
When the beans are picked we will first depulp them, and leave them in the water for a few hours. After that, we will wash them and remove floating beans and any other beans that do not meet requirements, like beans that are too small, and also leaves and bits of branches that may have been picked inadvertently. Once the beans are washed, we leave them to dry on the patio, for at least a full day, or two if it's not very sunny. Then, we move the beans to our solar dryer. Because it's relatively fresh in our area (in the middle of a pine wood, at 1,250 meters), it takes at least 15 but often up to 25 days to give the beans enough time to reach 11% to 12% humidity. When the beans have reached that point, we bring them to Cafesmo for quality control. The Cafesmo Q grader cups the coffee and determines the quality profile. After that the coffee is stored at the Cafesmo facilities at 1,400 meters - on pallets and never directly against a wall - until it's brought to the export facility and readied shipment.
Led by young growers. Quality & traceability
We, the 250+ members who together form Cafesmo, have formalized our cooperation in 2016. Our individual fincas are relatively small, most of them ranging from 2 to 12 hectares. All our fincas are FTO certified and we offer an array of specialty profiles. Our region - Ocotepeque - is known for its rich soil and perfect altitude range to grow unique, richly flavored coffees. We are convinced that Mercedes and Ocotepeque will continue to gain in fame over the next few years, and deservedly so. Most of our finca’s are located between 1,200 and 1,600 meters. Thanks to a varied topography, we have a long harvest season, that starts late October and lasts until March. Varieties include Pacas, Lempira, Parainema, Catuaí, Obatá, Colombia, IHCAFE90… We have young people as well as less young members, women and men, someone who is a microbiologist, and one who has been an elementary school teacher. Together, we stand for ‘diversity and quality’, together we stand strongTranslate
1200m - 1550m
January, 2021 - January, 2021
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: February, 2021
Silvia Ventura Urías (Seller)
Cupped: February, 2021
Silvia Ventura Urías (Seller)84.25
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoRed berries, Black currant, Cranberry, Citrus fruit, Honey, Herbal
Silvia Ventura Urías (Seller)Caramel, Fruity, Citric
AlgranoComplex and juicy, with medium, juicy citric acidity and velvety body, honey in the aftertaste- very pleasant.
Silvia Ventura Urías (Seller)As my brother and I are both civil engineers, we love to build stuff. Recently, we've installed a solar dryer on our finca with 324 small, movable African beds. This lot is the first coffee ever that we have dried on it and it shows. The movable beds allow us to move coffees to any spot in the solar dryer very easily: higher for more heat, lower for less light and cooler temps. We are now able to regulate the drying process with much more precision. The coffee has a really clean cup.
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.
Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:
- Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
- EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.
Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.
When calculating price, you can select your preferred currency: USD, CHF, EUR, or GBP.
2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:
1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.
3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.