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FOCUS ON: Honduras

FOCUS ON: Honduras

Population: 9,113,000   Capital: Tegucigalpa

           Honduras is the most mountainous country in Central America with 50% of the land covered by forest. The climate is tropical with cooler more temperate weather in the mountains. These conditions make Honduras an ideal place to grow great quality coffee.

            There are about 110,000 thousand coffee producers in Honduras and 92% of them are small farmers. The amount of jobs created by coffee production helps the country’s economy significantly. About 12.5% of the entire population are employed as a result of the coffee production. Coffee production and exports even saved the state of Honduras from a certain bankruptcy following the 2009 political crisis. The combination of a record crop and unusually high international coffee prices generated employment and hard currency, which allowed the Honduran economy to stay afloat.

In 2011 Honduras became Central America’s biggest coffee producer and in 2016 it ranked sixth in the world, just behind Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

HISTORY to PRESENT DAY:

Honduras has a long history of military rule, corruption, poverty and crime which have rendered it one of the least developed and most unstable countries in Central America.

For thousands of years indigenous peoples lived in Honduras. The greatest of them were the Mayans. The Spanish conquest of Honduras began in 1523 and by 1539 the Spanish had taken control. The native people were forced to work but their numbers fell dramatically in part due to European diseases to which they had no resistance. Honduras finally became completely independent in 1839.

FOCUS ON: SAN MARCOS

When I tasted this coffee for the first time, I knew we had to have it, and the story behind this coffee is truly inspiring.

Women coffee growers often face additional challenges, whether it’s receiving a lower price for their coffee, less access to fertiliser & credit essential to their crop, fewer leadership opportunities within co-operatives as well as being less likely to own land or livestock.

AMPROCAL is a women’s cooperative based in the San Marcos region of Western Honduras which was established in 2007 by a group of women farmers in the community of Pashapa. By 2017 they had grown to 36 members, all of whom are women.

In addition to farming coffee, the co-operative provides roasting for the domestic market and microcredit services. The association has an ongoing goal to support families and promote the social-economic development of the local community.

The farm has a technical department to provide agronomic assistance to farmers; the purpose of this assistance is to help farmers improve productivity as well as sustainability and ensure that credits are paid. The focus is to ensure the production of coffee that is environmentally sustainable by teaching farmers different production techniques including the preparation and application of foliar and organic fertilisers. In recent years, the farm has gained a Fairtrade certificate as well as being Organic certified.

I have kept the roast style to a Medium roast to retain the natural flavours of the coffee.

Big flavours of red grape, stewed plums and raisins are present in the cup. It is medium bodied, has a low acidity and a big milk chocolate note on the finish.

Did you know?

The five stars on the Honduran flag represent the five countries of Central America, with the middle star representing Honduras because it’s the only country that touches four of the CA countries.