The Steamie - Honduras
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Osman Romero Melgar's San Isidro farm in the Celaque area of the Copan region of Honduras
Boozy notes of Honey, Peach and Melon
This is the lot that Falcon Speciality coffee importers chose for their roasting competition this year.
Osman Romero Melgar is the owner of the farm San Isidro, located in the Celaque area of the Copan region of Honduras. The farm is 10 hectares, most of which is in coffee production but under natural forest, and has been handed down to Osman from his parents. The main variety grown is catuai, but Osman has been planting rust-resistant varieties such as Lempira, IHCAFE90 and Parainema, mostly for their high production.
Osman is a trained agronomist and is an important member of the Aruco cooperative, managing production and administration. Osman was one of the first producers within Aruco to start producing micro-lots and to try new processing methods, and so was influential in the success of the spread of quality improvements throughout the coop.
The 'macerated natural' process means that once they have been sorted, the cherries were placed in plastic container (dry) for 48 hours, the barrels had lids on and were outside but under shade. This helps soften the skin of the cherry and kick-starts the micro-bacterial activity breaking down the sugars and starches. After 48 hours the cherries were then dried naturally on raised beds in poly-tunnels.