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Honduras - Irma Martinez Molina

Caramel, plum, grape, good body and balance
On Sale
$3.88 / lb $590.22 / bag
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P609556-3
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About This Coffee

Irma is a young coffee producer from San José del Pito, a small community located about 40 minutes from San Sebastián, Lempira. She grew up around coffee: her father was a coffee producer, who taught her how to make coffee nurseries, maintain the trees, hand-pick cherries, and all about the washed process. At sixteen, her father gave her a land in inheritance, where she planted the Red Paca coffee variety. Later, she got married to Juan Antonio Vásquez and together they expanded their cultivation, bought more land, continued planting Red Paca and eventually planted varieties such as Lempira and Ihcafé 90. With the profits they earned and saved for a couple years they were able to start building their house, in which her husband and 6 children all live today. Irma hopes to be able to build another house at the farm so she can stay there during harvest season, as right now it is a bit far from their current home, making it difficult for her to carry the coffee out to her house to process. Irma has been trading her coffee with Bon Café since 2016 and since then, she has implemented better farm practices in order to protect the environment and to manage her farm with organic methods as much as possible.

Country of Origin Honduras
Harvest Season 2022/23
Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Pacas, IHCAFE 90, Lempira
Region San Jose del Pito, San Sebastian, Lempira
Farm Name El Mirador
Growing Altitude >1700m
Soil Clay

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
  • Region San Jose del Pito, San Sebastian, Lempira
  • Farm Name El Mirador
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Pacas, IHCAFE 90, Lempira
  • Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude >1700m
  • Country of Origin Honduras
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • Soil Clay
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P609556-3