Honduras Finca LiquidAmbar Medium Roast
Finca Liquidámbar was set up by a pioneering group of individuals (most of whom work for Cocafelol cooperative) passionate about organic coffee production. It is an organic single estate and takes its name from the multitude of Liquidambar trees on the farm and is an oasis of native trees and wildlife.
They turn coffee waste into organic fertilizer; with pulp developed compost processed by Californian red worm. They also use the mucilage to make different products that serve as foliar fertilizer to the farm. Some experiments they have made with organic fertilizer have been so successful they have brought the technique to Cocafelol Cooperative and rolled them out to other organic coffee producers.
The farm employs 18 members of staff and 12 more in the harvest. Until recently, this was spread across 28 hectares of production, but this has now grown into 45 acres with coffee trees following a programme of new planting, with the remaining 15 hectares under their ownership remaining dedicated forest.
During harvest when the coffee is at its optimum ripeness, cherry is collected manually by specific staff who are trained to collect the precise level of ripeness and maintaining an extra level of quality control. The cherries are then dried on African beds for 20 to 25 days taking care that the coffee rests a few days before moving and drying. This process requires special attention because as the cherries dry, they must be moved so that they dry out equally.
To increase genetic diversity, the farm grows a mix of different varietals, of which this particular lot contains five (Pacas, Catuai, Icatu, Ihcafe90/ Lempiras). Ihcafe90 is a Catura/Timor Hybrid cross with high yield potential, selected by Instituto Hondureño del Café.
Cupping Notes: Chocolate and nuts are the main feature, with a full body.
Department: Ocotepeque Municipalities San Marcos
Estate: Finca Liquidambar
Altitude: 1670 masl
Varieties: Pacas, Catuai, Icatu, Ihcafe90, Lempiras
Available in 200g or 450g resealable packs.