Honduras, SiguatepequePicacho Coffee Roasters
Socorro de La Peñita
Single Origin Coffee
Notes: Cocoa, Tangerine, Black Pepper, Jasmine
Roast: Medium (Full City)
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Pacas, Catuai
Elevation: 1600m +
Process: Wet \ Washed and Sun Dried
Farmer: Cultivadores de Reino (Kingdom Growers)
Our Honduras, Siguatepeque is a fine example of some of the best, high grown specialty grade arabica coffee in the Americas. We find its sweet spot to be in the medium to light range, where it yields a balanced, and complex cup with a good body and notes of tropical fruit, caramel and black pepper. We associate its brightness with the best of the clean, Central American cups, but also note a deep, Oaxacan-like sweetness.
Many small farmers belonging to the Kingdom Growers co-op grow their bourbon, typica and caturra varietals at 1600m elevation, under a natural shade canopy of indigenous trees in the Comayagua region of Honduras. The lot receives an additional Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) classification due to its high elevation. Cherries from the farmers are hand sorted and moved down hill to the neighboring wet mill operated by the COHORSIL cooperative.
In 2011 Honduras surpassed Guatemala as Central America’s top coffee producer. It is no coincidence that over the last 15-20 years several organizations including the Honduran government have heavily invested in the nation’s farmers, greatly improving the grades of exported coffee. While once known as a low-grade, blender-type coffee, Honduras has pushed forward and is now producing some of the most exceptional lots of specialty coffee in the Americas.
Moreover, Growers First, a non-profit group dedicated to empowering coffee farmers, works with the Siguatepeque growing community towards their goal of 100% self-sufficiency. Grower's First works at the farm level with coffee growers and their families, providing critical services and assistance to the community. Their efforts make available advanced water filtration, education about sustainable farming practices, development of programs to protect against coffee rust (la roya), and of course better coffee prices. Check out the Growers First Website for more information on the organization that brings us this cooperatively grown, environmentally sustainable coffee.