Machina - Honduras
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Cosecha Azul cooperative in the Opalaca region of Honduras
Caturra, Catuai & Pacas
1400 - 1700 masl
Notes of Cocoa Nibs, Demerara Sugar and Hazelnut
Cosecha Azul is collective name for the Cooperativa Cosecha Verde Limitada (COMICOVEL) based in the Opalaca mountains of Honduras. It was founded in 2016 to protect freshwater sources through agroforestry management as part of the Cosecha Azul (Blue Harvest) program by CRS. Boasting 200 members, the cooperative’s two main producing areas are Orturo and San Juan, both in Intibucá department.
The cooperative focuses on sustainably managing water on a coffee farm. Their goal is to produce coffee in an environmentally friendly way that results in a sustainable price. All members farm organically, and this is the first year the co-op can export their coffee with both Fair Trade and Organic certifications.
Honduras two main exports are coffee and bananas. It's seriously good on both counts. It's actually the 7th largest exporter of coffee in the world, producing around 5 million bags in the last year. This is expected to grow to beyond 8 million in the next 2 years.
Until recently, Honduras was known mainly for producing commercial grade coffee and not often linked with speciality grade coffee, compared to many other central and south American countries. This is now changing, with Honduras starting to really push their focus on quality coffee.
Around 95% of Honduran coffee farmers operate in small lot farms, with an average of 2 hectares per farm, meaning there is a large volume of microlot coffees and regional groups, forming speciality lots for export. Small, focused and varied.