Honduras - Santa Barbara
Region: Santa Bárbara
Varieties: Lempira, Catuaí, Obata
Grade: SHG EP
Certification: Fairtrade/Organic/Rainforest Alliance
Processing: Washed, patio and drum drying
Altitude: 900–1,250 masl
Cupping Notes: Balanced and smooth with notes of spice, lemon, & pine. Delicious for espresso or filter.
In Western Honduras, the Agricultural Cooperative Cafetalera San Antonio Limited (COAGRICSAL) is an organization of coffee, cocoa and pepper producers that was formed in 1998 with 32 members. The group has since grown to more than 1,500 member families and continues to grow each year.
COAGRICSAL is committed to social and environment standards, and in the interests of its member families has worked to create jobs and social projects including community centers, water projects, school maintenance and the building of community centers, police stations and access roads.
The cooperative proudly meets Organic, Fairtrade, Coffee Practices and Utz certifications and offers guaranteed traceability and transparency into its administrative and financial management.
This coffee comes from approximately 300 COAGRICSAL producers who contributed to the Corozal collection center in Corozal, Trinidad, Santa Bárbara. The coffee was washed and dried—20 percent by producers on their own property, 30 percent on patios at the mill and approximately 50 percent in machine driers.
The harmonious relationship between human beings and the environment is something COAGRICSAL holds to be sacred. Centralizing their harvesting methods around environmentally sustainable practices, the cooperative took action to revive their effected ecosystems.
The structure of the cooperative is based on strong values such as solidarity, fairness, and justice. Members vigorously believe that they are stronger as a united group, collectively striving for a better future for their community. Using Fair Trade premium funds, COAGRICSAL is able to offer small loans to producers for farm maintenance at very low interest rates, financially assisting 473 producers. The cooperative have also begun to construct a health clinic offering general medicine and dentistry at a low cost to member families. To improve coffee production, the cooperative elected to invest Fair Trade premium in the purchase of two dryers which were desperately needed due to the high volume of coffee produced. With the addition of the new equipment COAGRICSAL is now able to dry their coffee at a much lower cost to producers and sell better quality coffee.