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Honduras - Mariano De Jesus Ramirez

Apple, green tea, grape, almond
On Sale
$3.98 / lb $605.43 / bag
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P609556-6
  • 30 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Mariano de Jesús Ramírez is a producer from the community of Azacualpa, municipality of Tomala, in the department of Lempira. Since his childhood he has been linked to coffee cultivation when his father planted the first 0.70 hectares of coffee in the community of El Zapote, Tomala in 1970. At the age of 14, he decided to leave his parents' home and together, with a cousin and a friend, migrated to the department of Santa Bárbara in search of better job opportunities. Eventually they found work harvesting coffee in the mountains of El Merendón, cleaning the farms and paddocks after the harvest season and spent seven years there. After this time, he decided to go home to start working in agriculture growing corn, beans, and other basic grains. His father supported him and gave him two cows, which Mariano sold and started a business buying petates (palm mats used in warm countries to sleep on). In 1986, he planted his first hectare of coffee in El Zapote and then a second hectare in 1987, selling his first crop in cherry. With the coffee and petate profits, pig raising and cattle business, he could hire day laborers to plant more corn, beans and more coffee in the lands his father gave him as inheritance. He eventually married Lidia Hernández and had 11 children, 3 girls and 8 boys.

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, Red Catuai, IHCAFE 90, Lempira
Region Azacualpa, Tomala, Lempira
Farm Name Loma Grande
Growing Altitude >1400m
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 Azacualpa, Tomala, Lempira
  • Farm Name Loma Grande
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Pacas, Red Catuai, IHCAFE 90, Lempira
  • Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude >1400m
  • Country of Origin Honduras
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • Soil Clay
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P609556-6

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