HN-153-202011 • Past harvest

Hidardo Hernandez - Anaerobic/Natural

  • Conventional (no certification): $6.6139 USD / kgFOB
  • Organic: $9.7004 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: Honduras
  • Variety: Parainema
  • Process type: Anaerobic fermentation
  • Seller's cupping score (SCA): 86.0 points
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The coffee story


Although I currently work in various positions, my entire life is built around coffee. It started in my crib, as I was born a fourth generation coffee farmer. But I am also the initiator of Cafesmo, I develop various aspects of our organization, and my fiancée and I own a specialty coffee shop where we serve single origin coffee and Honduran fine cacao in the town of Santa Rosa de Copán.

Until this day though, I feel happiest when I wake up with a freshly brewed cup of coffee in V60 and then walk to my finca, which is only two minutes from my home, to check how the newest plants are faring, or to manage the farm.

In the evenings, around sunset, when I sit on our patio with a cup of coffee, I’m often inspired, looking over the valley all the way to Chalatenango in El Salvador, which is only a few miles from my house. I like to think about the details and specs of every micro-lot.

I’ve been preparing micro-lots since 2015 and I love to experiment. With new or barely known varietals, with processes, especially anaerobic fermentation and different types of bags or tanks. Sometimes this leads to very pronounced, even radical flavor patterns, extremely fruity, tropical, effervescent or with hints of sweet grape and red wine. Spectacular, but not suitable for everyone’s pallet.

Therefore, we also prepare natural, honey and washed specialty coffees with exciting and unique descriptors, but more accessible and not exclusively for connoisseurs.

You’re always welcome at Cafesmo, at our finca’s, or in our cafeteria. We like nothing more than sharing a cup of our own coffee with anyone who comes to visit us!

Farm facts

My mother and I, together, own 3,5 hectares of beautiful lots near one another at an altitude of 1230 to 1300 meters.

We work with several varieties, like Parainema, Obata, Bourbon, to be able to offer a wide range of micro-lots and something suitable for each palate.

Apart from pine trees that are naturally predominant in our region, we have also planted additional trees to generate sufficient shadow on all parts of the plantation. There are banana trees, but also American walnut trees, hazel pine, guamo and malcinca. 

Our coffees are FTO certified and we offer micro-lots since 2015.

This farm is Rain Forest Alliance certified.

The process

The entire fruits that envelop the coffee must be placed in a hermetically closed space, usually a stainless steel tank, although plastic tanks or even bags do the job just as well, as long as the oxygen can be eliminated and the container (or bags) can be filled with CO2. While the coffee is fermenting, bacteria decompose the sugar to turn it into CO2 and alcohol. Once sufficient CO2 has been generated, the pressure within the hermetically closed space will increase. Therefore, a valve needs to be installed, to decrease the pressure without letting oxygen enter the tank or space. The duration of this fermentation process can last anywhere between a couple of hours to a few days. THE CO2 prolongs the fermentation process because it slows down the decomposition of the sugars, which allows for unusual flavors to develop inside the coffee grains, without the vinegar-like flavors of classic fermentation processes. The PH also evolves more slowly, which means there will be less acidity from the alcohol. The temperature as well as the time of fermentation play key roles. Of course, with the right practice and experience, you can master and control these variables to optimize results.
Produced & offered by Cafesmo Ocotepeque Honduras
  • Honduras
  • Cooperative
  • Organic, FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance
  • 50 sales on Algrano
  • 23 Roaster relationships
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  • 3 Average orders per roaster
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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
    Anaerobic fermentation
  • Altitude range
    1170m - 1250m
  • Harvest period
    November, 2020 - March, 2021
  • Average yearly production in bags

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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.

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