This is a washed SHG microlot from producer Jose Gabriel Mayorga's farm Finca El Naranjo in the San Juan region of western Honduras.
Gabriel Mayorga was born in 1973 in the community of El Quebrechal, Colomoncagua, Intibucá, where he was raised. He finished elementary school at the José Trinidad Reyes school, and his high school education at the Modesto Rodas Alvarado Institute in Colomoncagua. After graduating from high school he moved to La Esperanza in order to continue his studies, during which he worked as a builder and other odd jobs to support his education. In 1994 Gabriel obtained his diploma as a Public Accountant from the “Instituto Departamental de Occidente” in La Esperanza. Sometime later, Gabriel found his first job as an accountant at the COARENE coffee cooperative in San Juan Intibucá, where he learned about the management of coffee farms with affiliated producers and began to build an interest in the field.
While working there, Gabriel met his wife Mayra Gómez. As the daughter of a small coffee producer from San Miguelito, Intibucá, Mayra was a perfect partner to help start their coffee journey. In 1999, with the advice and support of his father-in-law Ricardo, Gabriel started coffee cultivation with just one hectare of land in the community of Segua, San Miguelito. Shortly after Gabriel and Mayra started their family and now how 3 sons. Gabriel is currently established in the community of El Naranjo, Intibucá, where he has a cultivated 2.81 hectares with the Lempira variety and 2.11 hectares with the Parainema variety. He states that coffee has helped his family not only to improve their income generation but to make great memories and spend more time together.
Harvesting is carried out selectively and by hand. Ripe cherries are mechanically pulped and fermented in concrete tanks for 12-16 hours depending on ambient conditions. After thorough washing, the parchment coffee is sun-dried on concrete patios for 6-8 days (until the optimum moisture content is reached.) At this point the coffee is rested in a clean, cool and dry environment before secondary processing (milling, grading, sorting).