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Honduras - Maximiliano Hernandez Pacheco

Blackberry, chocolate, caramel, good body, balanced
$4.49 / lb $683.01 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P609557-4
  • 15 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Maximiliano is a coffee producer from Los Naranjos, Lempira. There were no schools available in his community when he was a child, so from around the age of ten years old he worked growing basic grains next to his father. He spent the rest of his childhood and teen years doing this, until at the age of twenty-four when he got married to María Molina.Two years later, Maximiliano started traveling to San Marcos de Ocotepeque during the coffee harvest seasons to work as day-laborer and learn everything about growing coffee. His father gave him a plot of land to grow corn, and right after the harvest he traded the corn, gathered some savings he had, and sold a horse to buy a 0.70 hectares land in the community of El Zanate. On this new land, Maximiliano planted around 1,500 coffee plants of the Red Paca and Ihcafé 90 varieties, and expanding his farm little by little over time. While working on this, he was also able to buy a house, which he paid for by growing and selling vegetables. Today, he has a property of 2.8 hectares of land with 1.4 hectares planted with coffee, all managed in an organic way that also provides jobs for his family members and for another 10 people during the harvest season.

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 Catimor, Pacas, IHCAFE 90, Lempira
Region El Zanate, San Sebastian, Lempira
Farm Name El Izote
Growing Altitude 1800m
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 El Zanate, San Sebastian, Lempira
  • Farm Name El Izote
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Catimor, Pacas, IHCAFE 90, Lempira
  • Coffee Grade HND CA WA SHG
  • Growing Altitude 1800m
  • Country of Origin Honduras
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Soil Clay
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609557-4

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