The coffee story

We, the 250+ members who together form ‘CAFESMO’, have been collaborating for many years, and have formalized our cooperation in 2016. Our individual fincas are relatively small, most of them ranging roughly from 2 to 12 hectares, but united we stand strong, and together we stand for our motto: ‘diversity and quality’.

All of our finca’s are FTO certified. Even more importantly: through careful selection, we are slowly perfecting the varieties that we grow on specific altitudes or soils, as well as our growing techniques, and are now able to offer an expanding array of specialty profiles. In the beginning of 2019, we have exported our first container of micro-lots, to the United Kingdom. 

The area where we cultivate coffee, a large zone around the hills of Mercedes, is located in the very south of Honduras, a stone’s throw from El Salvador and Guatemala. Our plantations are protected by some of the country’s highest peaks. 


On the west side, Cerro Pital proudly towers above our fincas, and on the other flanks, Guisayote National Reserve and the Pacayita volcano create ideal conditions to grow coffee. The omnipresence of mountains creates highly beneficial micro-climates, as well as a diverse fauna and flora on and around the plantations, with plentiful natural shade.

The region of Ocotepeque is furthermore 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.

Our members grow coffee between 950 and 2,000 meter (3,100 to 6,500ft), though most of the land is located between 1,200 and 1,600 meters. Thanks to this varied topography, we have a long harvest season, that starts late October and lasts until March. 

Our Coffee Varieties includes: Pacas, Lempira, Parainema, Catuaí, Obatá, Colombia, IHCAFE90…

We have our own wet mill and dry mill and for our specialty coffees we prepare fully washed, semi-washed, red honey, black honey, and natural lots. More recently, we have started to work with Carbonic Maceration (Anaerobic), which has resulted in some of our best profiles yet. So, we have decided to increase our focus on anaerobic preparations, because we are simply in love with the richness and breadth of the profiles we get from it. 

Our motto is ‘diversity and quality’ and that not only goes for our coffees. Our members are also a diverse group and each stands for their own quality. 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 his whole adult life, next to growing coffee.

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.
HN-180-202012 Past harvest

Elmer Mancía and Aristides Santos Washed

  • $5.7321 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
Origin
Honduras
Variety
parainema, Obata, Pacas, IHACAFE-90
Process type
Fully washed
Altitude range
1750m - 1850m
Harvest period
December, 2020 - March, 2021
Seller's cupping score (SCA)
84.5 points
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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

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The coffee story

We, the 250+ members who together form ‘CAFESMO’, have been collaborating for many years, and have formalized our cooperation in 2016. Our individual fincas are relatively small, most of them ranging roughly from 2 to 12 hectares, but united we stand strong, and together we stand for our motto: ‘diversity and quality’.

All of our finca’s are FTO certified. Even more importantly: through careful selection, we are slowly perfecting the varieties that we grow on specific altitudes or soils, as well as our growing techniques, and are now able to offer an expanding array of specialty profiles. In the beginning of 2019, we have exported our first container of micro-lots, to the United Kingdom. 

The area where we cultivate coffee, a large zone around the hills of Mercedes, is located in the very south of Honduras, a stone’s throw from El Salvador and Guatemala. Our plantations are protected by some of the country’s highest peaks. 


On the west side, Cerro Pital proudly towers above our fincas, and on the other flanks, Guisayote National Reserve and the Pacayita volcano create ideal conditions to grow coffee. The omnipresence of mountains creates highly beneficial micro-climates, as well as a diverse fauna and flora on and around the plantations, with plentiful natural shade.

The region of Ocotepeque is furthermore 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.

Our members grow coffee between 950 and 2,000 meter (3,100 to 6,500ft), though most of the land is located between 1,200 and 1,600 meters. Thanks to this varied topography, we have a long harvest season, that starts late October and lasts until March. 

Our Coffee Varieties includes: Pacas, Lempira, Parainema, Catuaí, Obatá, Colombia, IHCAFE90…

We have our own wet mill and dry mill and for our specialty coffees we prepare fully washed, semi-washed, red honey, black honey, and natural lots. More recently, we have started to work with Carbonic Maceration (Anaerobic), which has resulted in some of our best profiles yet. So, we have decided to increase our focus on anaerobic preparations, because we are simply in love with the richness and breadth of the profiles we get from it. 

Our motto is ‘diversity and quality’ and that not only goes for our coffees. Our members are also a diverse group and each stands for their own quality. 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 his whole adult life, next to growing coffee.

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.
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Shipping
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.

Currencies
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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.