About the people who grow it: 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 -- a coop 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 4,000-5,500 feet above sea level. The crop is comprised of Caturra, red & yellow Catuai, Bourbon, IHCafe, Parainema and Lempira varieties. Coffee undergoes a 12-24 hr fermentation before both patio and mechanical drying. 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.
CAFESCOR founder and current president Joel López (pictured here), 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. At the time, there was no strong global market for the coffee in the region, so they exchanged it for other foods with their neighbors. In 1920, the next generation, Ramón López, increased the cultivated area adding Bourbon to their varietal repertoire. In 1978, Guillermo López Lara - Joel's father - 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.
Get a video glimpse below of the Cooperative, and one project they are involved in, providing an economical filtered water solution to their community. It is in Spanish, but if you don't understand the language, you'll still appreciate the images.
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