HN-148-202011 • Past harvest

Benjamin Rivera - Washed

  • Organic: $9.7004 USD / kgFOB
  • Conventional (no certification): $9.7004 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: Honduras
  • Variety: Pacas, IHCAFE 90
  • Process type: Fully washed
  • Seller's cupping score (SCA): 87.0 points
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The coffee story


400, that’s next to nothing, but I had to start somewhere and I couldn’t afford to buy more than 400 plants.

My wife and I planted them right next to our home, so we could tend to them easily, and we depulped our cherries in a small hand-crank machine back then, that required all my strength to operate. I don’t think that I would still be able to do that at my current age.

But, in fact, it is my father who taught me how to grow coffee. I started working with him when I was a boy and once I married and moved to my own home, I decided to continue. My wife and I were the first in El Pinal to cultivate this crop and in the beginning, people around us were surprised. We live at nearly 1,600 meters and thirty, forty years ago, that was really high in our region to grow coffee.

But not much later, neighbors and other people in the village started to take an interest and they even asked for seedlings to start their own experiments. That first harvest, I brought all my coffee to the other side of the border, to Chalatenango in El Salvador. That’s only a few miles from where we live and the Salvadoreans paid more. I received the equivalent of $ 20 for my first load, which was a great deal back then.

Now, of course, I’m a member of Cafesmo and we sell our coffees through the cooperative. I still work with my wife but our children have also joined the coffee business. They all have their own parcels and most are married by now, but we work together as one big family. This new generation does much of the heavy work, while my wife and I have the advantageous of many decades in experience. Together, we can overcome any obstacles.

Farm facts

My wife and I have 3,2 hectares and our land is located at 1560 to 1600 meters.

We cultivate Pacas and IH-café 90 varietals.

There is abundant shadow, provided by: lemon trees, avocado, orange, prune, cypress, cedar, and many other trees.

This farm is Rain Forest Alliance certified.

Our farm is Certified Fair Trade, and Organic.

The process

The beans are picked and then the unripe beans, leaves, or anything else that is not a ripe bean will be discarded. The next step is de-pulping in a machine that separates the beans from the husk. The de-pulped beans are still covered by a viscous substance called the mucilage. In the next step, this mucilage is removed and the parchment loses its mucous-like texture and becomes a bit less slick. For most of the coffees, 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. Usually this is either in the sun or in a mechanical drier, or even a combination of both. Drying in the sun can either be done on large patios which have a concrete or similar underground, or on African beds. 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, again depending on the meteorological circumstances. In large plantations, owners may opt for drying in machines that use hot air. However, this process requires great quality control as it may affect the quality if it is not done well, and it may also lead to high energy costs.
Produced & offered by Cafesmo Ocotepeque Honduras
  • Honduras
  • Cooperative
  • Organic, FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance
  • 50 sales on Algrano
  • 3 Average orders per roaster
  • 23 Roaster relationships
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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 strong

  • Process type
    Fully washed
  • Altitude range
    1600m - 2500m
  • Harvest period
    November, 2020 - March, 2021
  • Average yearly production in bags

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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.
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