ORIGIN - HONDURAS
REGION - COPAN
FARM / MILL - CAFESCOR
ALTITUDE - 1750M
PROCESS - WASHED
VARIETIES - CATURRA, RED CATUAI, BOURBON
Despite receiving less recognition than neighboring coffee-growing nations like Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, Honduras has quietly become the largest producer in Central America; ranking seventh overall in terms of world exports.
While there is certainly a high quantity of coffee coming out of Honduras, it can be hard to find quality coffees here. The country lacks the infrastructure to support the more nuanced specialty markets that neighboring countries enjoy. However, Instituto Hondureño del Cafe (IHCAFE) is working to change that.
IHCAFE has sought to improve the quality of coffee across Honduras by introducing hardier plant varieties and improving outdated agricultural technology. Particular attention is being paid towards the nearly 100,000 smallholder farmers across the nation. The organization is also involved in organizing the country’s Cup of Excellence competitions, which have significantly improved the status of Honduras as a producer of specialty grade coffees.
Farm / Mill
Cafescor (Cafes Especiales Corquin) is a cooperative that was founded by a small group of coffee producers in the town of Corquin, Honduras. The cooperative oversees a wet mill that processes specialty, organic, and commodity coffees within the Northwest region of Copan. This mill allows the members of Cafescor to split the costs associated with coffee processing, and streamline the export process.
Re-investing in the community is one of the core beliefs behind Cafescor. Each year, the members sponsor an event to celebrate Honduran Children's Day. The event puts a spotlight on various educational centers across Copan; benefitting more than 400 children in the process. In 2017, the members of Cafescor announced that they would donate 250 ecological water filters to educational and health centers in their community.