Honduras is enjoying increasing popularity amongst our coffee community. The Opalaca mountain range spreads between Intibuca and Lempira. With attitudes ranging from 1400 to 1800 meters, there are many impressive peaks and mountainsides dotted with villages and surrounded by coffee farms.
William Sanchez is a member of COMICOVEL, a cooperative focused on organic farming and environmental sustainability. We have picked our microlot for its fruity flavour complexity: Notes of blackberry, blood orange, raspberry and cherry are backed up with tons of sweetness with base tones of rich nougat.
COMICOVEL (Cooperativa Mixta Cosecha Verde Limitada) are based in San Juan / Intibucá. Members are smallholders that produce coffee organically with a focus on environmental sustainability. The Co-Op is part of the Blue Harvest Project, which improves agroforestry management on farms throughout Central America. To date, Blue Harvest has helped 1400 producers transform their farms into ecosystems that protect the forest and its freshwater sources. All producers of the project farm organically. The premium prices of these coffees contribute further to the organic farming and ecosystem preservation that protects freshwater sources.
Planting trees is a special focus of COMICOVEL, along with their water management project. Producers process coffee using their basic depulping and fermentation infrastructures. Coffee is fermented in the tanks for 18-24 hours and washed in washing channels. Most farmers dry their own coffee on patios or on raised beds for 14-20 days.
The Co-Op has worked with these farmers for many years and provided technical assistance to increase productivity on the farms. This year, co-op made improvements in both its solar dryer infrastructure of stacked beds and its dry milling technologies to efficiently and consistently sort and process coffee in the final preparatory stages for export.
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