COPAN MICROLOT ORGANIC
We were fascinated by the story of the Copan region in Honduras. In just over a year, the community of growers have showed a huge improvement of the taste and quality of coffee with the help of our partners Falcon Specialty. This is a true celebration of what specialty coffee stands for. And oh, it tastes amazing!
COPAN MICROLOTS 2017 - Saúl Moisés Mejía (HONDURAS)
PEACH / APRICOT / FLORAL
8oz / 227g
COPAN MICROLOTS 2017
Processing: Macerated and washed
Altitude: 1450 masl
Owner: Saúl Moisés Mejía
Location: Copan region
Farm size: 7 hectares
Certificate: Organic certified
At the end of 2016, our partners Falcon Specialty launched a project in the Copan region of Honduras, in collaboration with a small co-op – Aruco – where we supplied training, technical support and expertise. The project was focused on producing high quality microlots at a centralised mill, giving small producers access to specialty markets and quality price premiums. 25 small producers, with farms ranging in size between 1 and 5 hectares, were supported in the production of these microlots.
Key areas of improvement were in cherry selection and picking, processing and drying. Through the development of a microlot picking team shared by the 25 producers, we were able to increase the percentage of ripe cherries picked from 55% to 85%. Cherries were then delivered to a centralised mill, where we could control quality, processing and drying. A grading system was established at the mill, so lots could be rated and producers paid a different price for the quality of cherry selection. A cleaning team would then pass over the cherries, refining the selection to increase the final ripe cherry proportion to over 95% for all microlots. Falcon provided training for the technical staff at the mill on a range of processing methods, and taught them how to use the solar driers to control drying time and temperature in order to maintain quality and longevity. We created a set of documents to record data which can then be reviewed in relation to cup scores and longevity over a number of years, in order to better understand the effect of different variables on quality over time.
In addition, producers were provided with a number of different financial support packages, allowing them to cover the additional costs of picking only ripe cherries, and to manage their cash flow. This project resulted in an additional $60,840 being paid for the coffee (on top of the FTO market price at the time of purchase) in quality premiums to the 25 producers that took part in this project. The average cup score on all lots from these producers improved by an incredible 3.45 points (SCAA).
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