The coffee story
While each of us grows their own beans on our individual fincas, we also join forces to offer some of our great coffees together.
By mixing several cultivars, we are able to propose more complex flavor patterns, without losing the outspoken uniqueness of each variety.
The beans for our blends are always cultivated above 1,100 meters and our fincas are fair trade as well as organic certified, so we work with respect for nature as well as humans.
With these blends we can offer remarkable coffees for an attractive price, while at the same time all participating farmers receive a premium that they would not be able to obtain individually.
When the coffee has been received at Cafesmo, the unripe beans, leaves, or anything else that is not a ripe bean will be discarded. The next step is the de-pulping process, where the beans are separated from the husk. The de-pulped beans are still covered by a viscous substance called the mucilage. So, during the next step, this mucilage is removed, the parchment loses its mucous-like texture and it becomes less slick. Usually, the process of removing the mucilage takes around 12 to 24 hours, although this also depends on the temperature, the thickness of the mucilage, and the concentration of enzymes. Once the mucilage is fully removed, the coffee can be dried. Most of the coffee is dried in the sun, but we sometimes use our mechanical drier, or a combination of both, depending on the weather and on the coffee volume that needs to be dried. Drying in the sun is either on our large patio, or in our solar dryers. The beans are spread out in a layer which varies from 2 to 10 centimeters in thickness, and are being raked frequently to assure a uniform drying process of all the beans. It can take from five to ten days to reach the desired level of humidity of 11% for this coffee, again depending on the meteorological circumstances.
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
1250m - 1650m
January, 2021 - January, 2021
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: February, 2021
Cupped: February, 2020
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoRaisin, Dark chocolate, Dried fig, Floral
Seller (Pending)Nutty, Dark chocolate
AlgranoFull of dark fruits, with floral touch, medium citric acidity , round body. Pleasant and smooth mouthfeel.
Seller (Pending)This is a coffee that makes us proud of what we do, and what we stand for. It's the coffee that we drink ourselves when we get up, or when we take a break during our workday. It's consistent throughout the years, it has a clean cup, a distinctive profile, and a strong character. The beans are strictly high grown and fully traceable to the individual finca of each participating farmer.
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.