Honduras Choluteca FTO - COCASAM Cooperative

Apple, grape, toffee, honey, almond
$4.53 / lb $689.09 / bag
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jul 2021
SKU P606895-1
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About This Coffee

About this Coffee 

COCASAM, or the Cooperativa Cafetalera Sanmarquena, was founded in 1988 by 16 small coffee producers and recognized legally in October 1990 by the National Honduran Institute of Cooperatives. The farms are on the Botija ridge, a mountainous area in the Municipality of San Marcos de Colón. This was the first place in the country to produce coffee. COCASAM sits at altitude between 1,200 and 1,600 meters. COCASAM prides itself in its farmers' traditional practices, using production methods first introduced by French and German immigrants in the 1800s. The cooperative works to produce primarily high-quality coffee while protecting the environment and improving the livelihoods of farmer families and the community. This Fair Trade and Organic coffee is 100% shade grown and 100% sun dried. 

History of Coffee in Honduras  

Prior to 1900, coffee was essentially a garden crop in Honduras, grown on small lots of land and traded within the country for internal consumption. Less than 10 percent of the coffee harvested was exported in 1894. By 1900, exports had more than doubled, but banana was still king. A decline in banana production over the decades coincided with a slow but steady growth in coffee production. Today, Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America, exporting more than 5 million bags last year, and is one of the largest exporters of specialty grade coffee. 

Growing Coffee in Honduras  

Honduras is somewhat unique in that it experienced the most significant growth in export volume after the emergence of the specialty coffee industry, so new farmers and new mills begin with quality as their goal. Coffee is now pervasive in Honduras, grown in 210 of the 298 municipalities and throughout central and coastal highlands within six districts identified as Coffee Regions. Starting in the north and moving south, the regions are Copan, Opalaca, Montecillos, Comayagua, El Paraiso, and Agalta. More than 60 percent of Honduras coffee is grown above 12 hundred meters and as high as 16 hundred. Almost 90 percent of Honduras coffee is grown on small (less than 153 bags) and medium (between 153 and 766 bags) sized farms. Virtually all Honduras coffee (over 90 percent) is washed and sun dried. Plant varieties include Cautuai, Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, and Pacas. 

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 84.25
  • Region Choluteca Department (towns of Las Mesas, El Portillo Oscuro, and El Portillo Grande)
  • Farm Name COCASM Cooperative
  • Producer Type Cooperative
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Fair Trade Organic
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1650
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Country of Origin Honduras
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P606895-1

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