Fair Trade, Organic Honduran Marcala Green Beans
The country of Honduras is a suitable location for coffee harvesting. The soil, climate, and conditions in Honduras are the same as neighboring countries. There is a range of coffee quality from Honduras; the country can produce a lower-cost Central American blender coffee, to high-grown specialty lots that rival more popular Central American coffees. This particular type is more complex than its HG counterpart; thus making it a specialty coffee.
In the past, Honduran coffee growers trafficked their beans into Guatemala; where they would sell for a higher price, because of Guatemala’s coffee reputation. After government tax on coffee exports started to play a role in the coffee business, the country boosted production and dramatically improved their coffee quality. Since then, demand has increased and selling coffee across the border has become unnecessary. Presently, coffee producers and Honduras government have made it a mission to improve the quality of coffee. Laws have been passed giving fiscal incentives to coffee producers and highways have been built to access remote coffee growing regions.
Altitude Grading: Similar to other Central American countries, Guatemala uses a version of the altitude grading:
Prime: grown at 750-900m
Extra Prime: grown at 900-1050m
Semi Hard Bean (SHB): grown at 1050-1220m
Hard Bean (HB): grown at 1220-1300m
Strictly Hard Bean (SHB): grown over 1300m*
- SHG (Strictly High Grown) specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude around 1350 meters. Coffee grown at a higher altitude and lower temperature produces a slower maturing fruit and a denser bean; which creates a more desirable specialty cup; this classification is higher than HG.
- EP (European Preparation) specifies that the raw beans are all hand sorted to remove any defective beans and foreign material.
fruity fragrance, lively acidity, orange, velvety taste, soft body, smooth finish
*NOTE: Cupping notes are subject to the way the coffee was brewed and the taster's opinion.