This is such a distinctive coffee with intense notes of blueberry, strawberries and cream – sweet and full bodied with a hint of that natural processed funk.
Honduras is now Central America’s largest coffee producer, it is thought coffee has been grown in the country since around the 1800’s but the industry has largely been focused on volume and commodity production to date. IHCAFE (Instituto Hondureño del Café) is the national coffee institute and was established in the 1970s to help develop and promote the country’s coffee industry. This organisation was involved in outlining six producing regions that are acknowledged as being distinctive in the flavour profile of coffee grown.
This lot comes to us from the region of Copán which is in the Western most region and is famous for its Mayan ruins – it borders Guatemala and the northern border of El Salvador and arguably possesses the same great coffee growing conditions as both of those more well-known producing origins. Unfortunately, from the consumer point of view there is a great difference in the quality and therefore price of coffees produced in Guatemala in comparison to Honduras. Whilst this might be unfair, Honduras has historically struggled in guaranteeing longevity in its coffee with a lot of roasters being left with coffee that can turn woody and aged very quickly in comparison to other Central American countries. Partly this is due to the challenge with rainfall which means much of the country is reliant on a combination of both patio and mechanical drying techniques, but also because of the conditions of the warehousing ahead of export near Puerto Cortez that can be extremely hot and humid contributing to aged characteristics in the cup.
Thankfully, the specialty industry has started to make an impression on this producing country which is one of the poorest nations in Central America. Leaf rust and climate change have also meant more and more farmers are turning to quality rather than quantity as a way of safeguarding themselves against the inevitable environmental volatility which is becoming more and more of a reality on a daily basis. One such example is Nely Suyapa Orellana, owner of Finca Las Gemeles (named after her twin daughters who she intends to leave the farm to). Becoming involved in a project focused on specialty means really going against the grain of everything previously taught and can involve a lot of risk for producers if they are working with an untrustworthy buyer. Thankfully, Falcon Specialty who have set up this project were absolutely committed to making it work despite the many challenges faced along the way and the resulting micro lots produced have been a huge success and real testament to the work put in by everyone involved. This small lot is beautifully clean and full of character and we are proud to be supporting this amazing project being full of excitement for what is to come.
We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.
If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched/is ready to collect.