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Honduras SHG EP Washed Copan RFA

Time to wake up and smell the coffee in Honduras

Our world is filled with different countries that produce coffee, at all different levels, and they all have a story to tell and are usually impacted hugely by the coffee industry.


In Honduras, the production of coffee has an important place in this country’s history. While it’s not the biggest exporter of coffee, they still produce some very desirable beans that people all around the world enjoy. The light, fruity flavors have a great sweetness to them in many cases.


The country of Honduras is well-suited to coffee harvesting. The soil, climate, and conditions in Honduras are similar to neighboring countries. There is a range of coffee quality in Honduras; the country can produce everything from lower-co blender coffee to high-grown specialty lots that rival more popular Central American coffees. We've seen more coffees from Honduras performing at cupping levels comparable to specialty lots from Costa Rica and Guatemala.


This type comes from regions with a long tradition of treating the coffee with great care. Farmers diligently work to enhance the bean's natural attributes so it can reach an optimal level of satisfaction.


This type carries two quality classifications:

  • SHG (Strictly High Grown) specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude around 1350 meters. Coffee grown at a higher altitude and lower temperatures produce a slower maturing fruit and a denser bean; which creates a more desirable specialty cup; this classification is higher than HG.

  • EP (European Preparation) specifies that the raw beans are all hand sorted to remove any defective beans and foreign material.


Copan

Located on the Western side of the country, elevation is around 1 - 1.5km (roughly .6 to .9 miles). The coffee from this region has a certain sweetness to it, with touches of chocolate and caramel with citrusy notes.


This is a blend of SHG EP (Strictly High Grown, European Process) organic certified coffees from the CAFESCOR Cooperative located in the Casitas district of the Copan region in Honduras. This is a cooperative made up of 131 members across over 400 cultivated hectares. With harvests generally taking place from November to February, growing altitude from contributing producers ranges from 1350 - 1530 meters above sea level. The crop is comprised of Caturra, red & yellow Catuai, Bourbon, IHCafe, Parainema and Lempira varieties. Coffee undergoes with fully washed and sun-dried process. CAFESCOR (Cafes Especiales Corquin), is a cooperative founded in 2012 as an initiative of small coffee producers in the town of Corquin, Copan. Today, they manage a membership of 131 partners/producers comprised of 37 women and 94 men. CAFESCOR has a wet mill located in the community of Las Casitas and a dry mill in the community of Jimilile, both belonging to the municipality of Corquín, department of Copan.


In history, the founder of CAFESCOR and current president Joel López, belongs to the fourth generation of a family that has dedicated to this activity since 1865. Joel's great-grandfather, Mr. Pedro López, began by planting a small plot of Typica variety in the hamlet of Cuchilla del Águila in Las Casitas Village, Corquín, Copán. They exchanged coffee for other foods with their neighbors because there was no strong global market for the coffee in the region at that time. In 1920, the next generation, Ramón López, increased the cultivated area adding Bourbon to their varietal repertoire. In 1978, Joel’s father named Guillermo López Lara renewed the existing plantation and increased the area by expanding their selection once more to include more productive varieties such as Caturra and Catuaí. Today, Joel López states that this young cooperative has a lot of optimism and continues to grow, and are increasingly recognized for their excellence in coffee production. They are committed in making the producers and their families to have the opportunity to position their coffees as a unique product that complies with their quality policies and the international market standards.


This lot of coffee was used in one of Olam Specialty Coffee's winning Competition Blends for its all-around well balanced flavor, floral hints and subtle citrus notes.


Honduras SHG EP Washed Copan RFA is clean, sweet, balanced; green apple, caramel, melon, with floral and citric hints. Shade-grown on volcanic highlands in western Honduras.


This cup is very smooth, rich and clean. Fuller bodied and lower acidity the main tone is going to be pretty chocolaty – a deep semi-sweet chocolate smokey note balanced with just a hint of a floral aspect. This Honduran is a sweet, balanced, clean coffee with a nice spice note, slight winey and a little caramel at the lighter roasts.


Roasting Notes:

An easy and versatile coffee to roast, medium to dark. A faster roast will highlight the bright, clean flavor notes.


A very nice single origin breakfast coffee and a great cup to wake up to.


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