Region: Santa Bárbara
Varieties: Lempira, Catuaí, Obata
Grade: SHG EP
Certification: Fairtrade/Organic/Rainforest Alliance
Processing: Washed, patio and drum drying
Altitude: 900–1,250 masl
Cupping Notes: Balanced and smooth with notes of spice, lemon, & pine. Delicious for espresso or filter.
Roasting Notes: City + through to full city +
Honduras - COAGRICSAL Fairtrade/Organic/RFA -per Kg
In Western Honduras, the Agricultural Cooperative Cafetalera San Antonio Limited (COAGRICSAL) is an organization of coffee, cocoa and pepper producers that was formed in 1998 with 32 members. The group has since grown to more than 1,500 member families and continues to grow each year.
COAGRICSAL is committed to social and environment standards, and in the interests of its member families has worked to create jobs and social projects including community centers, water projects, school maintenance and the building of community centers, police stations and access roads.
The cooperative proudly meets Organic, Fairtrade, Coffee Practices and Utz certifications and offers guaranteed traceability and transparency into its administrative and financial management.
This coffee comes from approximately 300 COAGRICSAL producers who contributed to the Corozal collection center in Corozal, Trinidad, Santa Bárbara. The coffee was washed and dried—20 percent by producers on their own property, 30 percent on patios at the mill and approximately 50 percent in machine driers.
The harmonious relationship between human beings and the environment is something COAGRICSAL holds to be sacred. Centralizing their harvesting methods around environmentally sustainable practices, the cooperative took action to revive their effected ecosystems.
The structure of the cooperative is based on strong values such as solidarity, fairness, and justice. Members vigorously believe that they are stronger as a united group, collectively striving for a better future for their community. Using Fair Trade premium funds, COAGRICSAL is able to offer small loans to producers for farm maintenance at very low interest rates, financially assisting 473 producers. The cooperative have also begun to construct a health clinic offering general medicine and dentistry at a low cost to member families. To improve coffee production, the cooperative elected to invest Fair Trade premium in the purchase of two dryers which were desperately needed due to the high volume of coffee produced. With the addition of the new equipment COAGRICSAL is now able to dry their coffee at a much lower cost to producers and sell better quality coffee.
No one knows for sure exactly when coffee first reached Honduras, but it is believed that seeds arrived from Costa Rica between 1799 and 1804, amongst the goods brought by travelling merchants. Today, Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America, and the industry plays an important role within the national economy.
Despite the huge scale of its annual coffee production and great potential for both growth and quality development, in the Central American coffee hall of fame, Honduras is rarely found at centre stage – a mantle more likely coveted by its neighbours, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. And yet on paper the reputation of Honduras should be up there with those countries, since it has the same conditions to produce very good coffees: high altitude, volcanic and fertile soils, an ideal climate and plenty of expertise. Unfortunately, a lack of investment and inadequate infrastructure means that we must work extra hard to find the best coffees that Honduras offers. Much of the country’s output feeds the commodity coffee market, despite the steps taken to improve quality by the country’s national coffee institute: Instituto Hondureno del Café (IHCAFE). The high average annual rainfall, which reaches 240cm in the North of the country, can also complicate the process of drying coffee once it has been harvested, prior to export.
Honduran specialty coffees are classified using a system categorized by the height at which the coffee was grown. Strictly High Grown (SHG), applies to coffees grown above 1200 masl, and High Grown (HG) above 1000 masl. Alike other Central American nations, Honduran coffee is shipped in 69 kilo bags.