Honduras Honey Process (Microlot)Honduras
About the coffee:
Finca Liquidámbar was set up by a pioneering group of individuals (most of whom work for Cocafelol cooperative) passionate about organic coffee production. They turn coffee waste into organic fertilizer; with pulp developed compost processed by Californian red worm. They also use the mucilage to make different products that serve as foliar fertilizer to the farm. Some experiments they have made with organic fertilizer have been so successful they have brought the technique to Cocafelol Cooperative and rolled them out to other organic coffee producers.
Honduras sits sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean to the west and Caribbean gulf coast to the East, with Guatemala bordering to the north and Nicaragua to the South.
Unsurprisingly then, this a nation who is serious about producing coffee. Coffee plays an important role in the country’s economy, as does minerals, tropical fruit and sugar cane! Sadly, political instability has resulted in Honduras remaining as one of the world’s poorest nations, with the highest murder rate on the planet.
About the growers:
The farm employs 18 members of staff and 12 more in the harvest. Until recently, this was spread across 28 hectares of production, but this has now grown into 45 hectares with coffee trees following a programme of new planting, with the remaining 15 hectares under their ownership remaining dedicated forest.
During harvest when the coffee is at its optimum ripeness, cherry is collected manually by men and women, careful to collect only the ripe fruits. Then it is transported to the beneficio of one of the owners, to be pulped. It is then brought to a drying area for a controlled sun drying on African beds, where it is moved every thirty minutes to preserve the quality for 12-15 days until the coffee reaches 12% humidity.
Lempira, the varietal that shares a name with the department and is significant in Honduras, was until recently rust-resistant, so having a mix of varieties on the farms as a way of increasing genetic diversity and therefore crop security is important. Ihcafe90 is a Catura/Timor Hybrid cross with high yield potential, selected by Instituto Hondureño del Café.
Honduras is beginning to display itself as a leader in speciality coffee. Experimenting with processing methods, have meant a number of Honduran producers offering multiple processing methods from the same producer; an exciting prospect for the discerning coffee roaster.
Region: San Marcos Finca Liquidámbar
Growing Altitude: 1670 masl
Arabica Variety: Catuai, Ihcafe90, Pacas, Lempira
Harvest Period: December-March
Milling Process: Fully washed, sun dried
Cupping Score: 85.75
- Fruity fragrance, lively acidity, orange, velvety taste, soft body, smooth finish
A good bodied medium acidic coffee useful for blending purposes. Tasting notes result in:
- Fruity fragrance
- With peach and strawberry notes.
- It leaves a wonderful creamy, long and complex aftertaste.
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