Honduras Santa Barbara - El Plan Microlot
|Bag Weight||69 KG BAG|
About This Coffee
Since his youth, Roberto Figueroa Martinez has been involved in agriculture. From a young age he began growing vegetables to sell at the local market, learning the disciplined management of agricultural crops and upkeep.
In 2012, Roberto used all of the savings he had to buy a property in El Cedral. With this property, he began planting Pacas variety of coffee, before deciding to move into a specialty microlot with the help of San Vincente in 2016.
Today, he runs the El Plan microlot and wetmill, situated in El Cedral, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara. The farm produces Pacas varietal and grows at a height of 1600 meters above sea level. In total, the area of the farm comes to 3.5 hectares of coffee-growing land. Cherries are depulped each afternoon after picking, and dry fermented for 19 hours. The parchment is then rinsed a total of four times, before laying on raised beds and sorting defective beans by hand. Finally, the parchment rests for 15 days inside the parabolic solar dryer.
|Country of Origin||Honduras|
|Coffee Grade||HND CA WA SHG|
|Bag Type||Grain Pro / Ecotact|
|Region||El Cedral, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara|
|Farm Name||El Plan|
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 Forward
- Region El Cedral, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara
- Farm Name El Plan
- Producer Type Single Estate
- Processing Washed
- Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
- Plant Species Arabica
- Variety Pacas
- Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
- Growing Altitude 1400-1600m
- Country of Origin Honduras
- Warehouse The Annex
- On Sale No
- Top Lot No
- CTRM Contract Number P608867-3