Honey, slowly dried on patio
1410m - 1480m
January, 2020 - January, 2020
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: April, 2020
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Grower (Pending)Apart from being a smallholder coffee farmer, I’m also a micro-biologist. In fact, I run a medical laboratory during the summer months, when it’s quiet on the farm and my uncle can keep things going without me. But as soon as the beans start to grow, my partner runs the laboratory on his own and I travel back to my farm, where I feel happier than anywhere else on earth. I was born on the finca that I now manage, and grew up between the coffee plants. But due to the rust leaf that plagued our finca seven years ago, my parents decided to leave to the United States. They were desperate and thought there was no future on a farm, nor in Honduras. At the time, I was 18 and I decided to stay; a decision that I haven’t regretted a single moment. Now, I am doing relatively well, despite the low prices. Being a micro-biologist is helpful. I understand small organisms, and how the plants get their nutrients. Instead of laying pulp from the previous harvest around each plant, I dig a hole next to it and bury the pulp underneath. It decomposes very slowly when underground, and is much closer to the roots, for direct absorption. A few years ago, I started to hold bees. There isn’t enough natural pollination and the bees have become an unmissable tool. Besides, they make delicious honey that I can now eat year round. I’m also slowly changing the paca variety for lempira, which is significantly more resistant to leaf rust. Even a micro-biologist cannot stop the wind from blowing, and the rust can sometimes reach parts of my farm, despite the natural barriers that I have put in place with dense plants and trees all around it. Apart from paca and lempira, I also grow obata, parainema, and 90Ihcafé. It’s important for me to offer different varieties, also for the diversity in micro-lots. Early 2019, I contacted a small specialty roaster in the US and sent him some samples. He was so enthusiastic that he will fly down to Honduras during the upcoming harvest to select his own coffee on my farm. I’m incredibly proud, and working to invite some other roasters as well. There are still plenty excellent micro-lots on my 18 hectare finca.
Cafesmo Ocotepeque Honduras
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
Relationships with Roasters in
Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden
Average orders per roaster
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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