Honduras washed Arabica SHG EP Organic, Cafe de Mujeres, Kolnáal
|Unit of Measure||Sack à 69kg|
|Variety||Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí|
|Sustainability||Organic EU + Organic NOP|
|Producer||Café de Mujeres, Kolnáal|
Located in the very middle of Central America, Honduras is a country that shows off with its natural beauty. Endless forests meet lone roads cutting through. Some people even refer to Honduras as the „green lung“ of Central America.
In Marcala in the La Paz Region in southwestern Honduras, the Kolnáal Mujeres Cooperative emerged as an organization of Lenca women. The Lenca are the largest existing group of indigenous people in Honduras. The main objective of the cooperative is to create equal opportunities for the socio-economic, environmental, and cultural development of women.
Agriculture is one of the most significant sources of income in the region. However, women have minimal access to agricultural resources and suffer from the gender pay gap. Next to enabling women to actively participate in the coffee production, it is through Kolnáal‘s work that they can have access to the international market, allowing them to sell their products for fair prices. Thanks to the cooperative, many women, often single mothers, can provide for their families. During the harvest period, the women collect the ripe cherries manually and bring them to the local washing station. After being washed, the parchment is dried in the sun before being prepared for export.
Located in the very middle of Central America, Honduras is a country that shows off its natural beauty. Mountainous landscapes covered with endless forests and jungles with abundant wildlife are characteristic of this beautiful country. Some people even refer to Honduras as the „green lung“ of Central America.
Although Honduras is producing more coffee than Costa Rica and Guatemala combined, little is known about it in the specialty scene. Over decades banana was the predominant cash crop in Honduras.
While neighboring countries had governmental initiatives to foster smallholder coffee growth, Honduran coffee production gained little recognition aside from the commodity market. Lack of infrastructure was the main reason why high-quality coffees could not be distinguished from other produce. However, in the past few years, the Honduran national coffee institute IHCAFE has put quite some effort into educating the farmers for them to be able to improve processing and growing techniques.
By creating a widespread network of producers and washing stations even in remote areas, the interest in high-quality coffee production grew. Nowadays, especially coffees from smallholder cooperatives have managed to make their way to cross the sea and spoil us with their divine sweetness.
|COFFEE REGIONS||Marcala (Montecillos), Copán, Comayagua, El Paraiso, Opalaca, Agalta|
|COFFEE ALTITUDES||1,000 – 1,600 masl.|
|VARIETIES||Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pacas, Typica|
|HARVEST PERIOD||Dec – Apr|
|COFFEE FARMS||Smallholders and plantations|
|AVERAGE FARM SIZE||0.5 – 5.5 ha|
|YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)||5,931,000|