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Origin Honduras Las Mariposas

Origin Coffee Roasting - Honduras Las Mariposas

R 149.00

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Believe it or not, in the 8 years that we've worked with Origin Coffee Roasting, this is only the second Honduran coffee we've had from them. The last one was a quite memorable Cup of Excellence winner circa 2016, so we're quite excited to try this new coffee that they've found to share with us.

Honduras has a history of coffee cultivation, but it isn't one of the Central American producers that most people think of when they think of specialty coffee. It's actually the fifth largest producer of coffee in the world, despite its relatively small size, but most of what is cultivated is commodity coffee, grown by large numbers of smallholder farmers.

Nevertheless, there is a small part of the Honduran coffee industry focused on growing world-class specialty coffees, with great success. Some of the most memorable Central American coffees that we've tasted over the years have been from Honduras.

This particular lot, grown by a single-mother coffee farmer named Gloria Masariegos Amaya, on a mere 3 hectares of land, should offer an interesting insight into some of the country's better quality exports. We look forward to trying it!

Phaedon's tasting notes

In a world of whacky, wild, boozy flavours, and effervescent acidities, it's sometimes pretty darn enjoyable to taste a more subtle coffee. The reality is that the specialty coffee world has changed of late, and "out there" profiles are en vogue. Thankfully, you can still find the kind of coffee that we used to get excited about when I started CCB, and this is just that type.

This coffee has some subtle nutty notes, and a hint of candied fruit: sometimes citrus, sometimes stone fruit. It's always balanced, and subtle, but thoroughly enjoyable. I found my best results in my trusty Bodum French press, my Bialetti moka pot and my AeroPress. Your mileage may vary with pour-overs.

Origin's notes

  • Flavour: Apricot, light caramel, roasted almond
  • Body: Buttery, chewy
  • Roast: Light-medium
  • Acidity: Soft, papaya
  • Brewing method: Versatile (except siphon)

Coffee details

  • Farm: Las Mariposas
  • Owner: Gloria Masariegos Amaya
  • Country: Honduras
  • Region: Masaguara, Intibucá, San Juanillo
  • Altitude: 1,800 masl
  • Variety: Bourbon
  • Processing: Fully washed

Situated in the Masaguara municipality to the West of Honduras, Finca Las Mariposas is a beautiful farm nestled high in the Honduran hills. After Gloria Masariegos Amaya purchased the plot of land in 2008, she decided to name her farm Finca Las Mariposas, or the butterflies farm, after the spectacular butterflies she saw across her land.

A single mother, Gloria has not only managed to single headedly raise her four children, but she has also worked diligently to earn funds for the farm. After purchasing the already cultivated plot in 2008, Gloria has depended on Finca Las Mariposas as her primary source of income. Because of this, Gloria has put a lot of her love and hard work into the farm: improving yields and quality.

During the harvest, coffee is carefully handpicked and sent to be pulped the same day via machine. Gloria and her six family members are the only workers on the farm and must be efficient to ensure quality. From here, the coffee is placed into large vessels of water to ferment. Here, the beans will remain for 30-35 hours to break down the sugars and remove the remaining mucilage. As soon as this step is complete, the coffee is evenly dispersed onto raised beds to dry for another 18-20 days in the open sun. Upon attaining the correct moisture content, the coffee is moved and trucked to the mill, one hour away, where it will be hulled and rested prior to export.

As well as continuing to support her children in their studies, Gloria’s plans for Finca Las Mariposas include one day building her own solar dryers, decreasing the cost of production and improving overall quality.