Honduras - Seleccion La Paz (2022 Crop)

Dark chocolate, almond, grape, toffee, good body
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P609441-5
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About This Coffee

Within the Honduran department of La Paz, which native Lenca inhabitants called “the site of the stone,” two ecosystems predominate alongside the abundance of rock that inspired the earlier moniker: cloud forest and pine forest. This region in southwest Honduras, close to the boarder with El Salvador, is also home to the city of Lauterique, where a group of smallholder coffee farmers established a wet mill five years ago. Currently, 19 coffee farmers deliver primarily Lempira and IHCAFE-90 to the mill, arriving in the late afternoon during harvest for depulping and 8-10 hours of fermentation. The coffee is then washed and then dried on patios or in solar dryers depending on volume and weather.

Country of Origin Honduras
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety IHCAFE 90, Lempira
Region La Paz, Comayagua
Farm Name Various smallholders

History of Coffee in Honduras

Prior to 1900, coffee was essentially a garden crop in Honduras, grown on small lots of land and traded within the country for internal consumption. Less than 10 percent of the coffee harvested was exported in 1894. By 1900, exports had more than doubled, but banana was still king. A decline in banana production over the decades coincided with a slow but steady growth in coffee production. Today, Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America, exporting more than 5 million bags last year, and is one of the largest exporters of specialty grade coffee. 

Growing Coffee in Honduras

Honduras is somewhat unique in that it experienced the most significant growth in export volume after the emergence of the specialty coffee industry, so new farmers and new mills begin with quality as their goal. Coffee is now pervasive in Honduras, grown in 210 of the 298 municipalities and throughout central and coastal highlands within six districts identified as Coffee Regions. Starting in the north and moving south, the regions are Copan, Opalaca, Montecillos, Comayagua, El Paraiso, and Agalta. More than 60 percent of Honduras coffee is grown above 12 hundred meters and as high as 16 hundred. Almost 90 percent of Honduras coffee is grown on small (less than 153 bags) and medium (between 153 and 766 bags) sized farms. Virtually all Honduras coffee (over 90 percent) is washed and sun dried. Plant varieties include Cautuai, Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, and Pacas. 

  • Region La Paz, Comayagua
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety IHCAFE 90, Lempira
  • Screen Size 15 Up
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  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
  • CTRM Contract Number P609441-5
  • Country of Origin Honduras
  • Warehouse Continental NJ