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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 producers. The amount of jobs created by coffee production helps this country thrive significantly. About 12.5% of the entire population are given jobs as a result of the coffee production. Coffee production and exports 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 and not collapse.

In 2011 it became Central America’s biggest coffee producer and in 2012 it ranked seventh in the world.

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 were in control. The native people were forced to work but their numbers fell dramatically partly due to European diseases to which they had no resistance. Honduras finally became completely independent in 1839.

FOCUS ON: SAN MARCOS

When we tasted this coffee for the first time, we knew we had to have it. The story behind this coffee is truley inspiring and here at bean to door we are delighted to be able to support such a great cause.

In the production of coffee, women can face many injustices. These can include receiving less income for their coffee, reduced access to inputs — such as fertiliser or credit — less leadership opportunities at cooperative level, less ownership opportunities to own land and livestock and general restrictions to accessing basic coffee market information.

San Marcos is the name of the coffee from the ‘AMPROCAL ‘ Farm which stands for ‘the Association of women coffee producers’ .

 

It was established in 2007 by a group of women farmers in the community of Pashapa. In 2017 there are now 36 members, all of whom are women.

In addition to farming coffee, the business provides roasting and microcredit services. The association has on 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/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 fertilizers.

In recent years, the farm has gained a Fairtrade certificate as well as being Organic certified. 

 

We have kept the roast style to a Medium roast to retain the natural flavour in the coffee.

Big flavours of red grape, stewed plums and raisins are present int he cup. It’s 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.