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- With Haiti, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America.
- Since 1804, coffee has been cultivated in Honduras.
- Cooperatives such as the Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL) contribute significantly to the improvement of the life situation and the reduction of poverty, but also to good FairTrade coffee in organic quality.
- Although the cultivation conditions are ideal for coffee, only about half of the possible cultivation area is used.
- Half of the country is wooded and the Biosphere Reserve of Río Plátano, one of the few remaining tropical rainforests of Central America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- On the nutrient-rich soil of the highland areas (1,000 – 2,000 m) with temperate tropical climate, high-quality coffee grows.
- Accordingly, there is also “shadow coffee” that maintains the tree diversity.
- The farms such as Lenca in Marcala are certified as Bird Friendly Coffee.
- The Strictly High Grown (SHG) beans grown up to 2,000 m have a very good reputation.
- Unfortunately, the harvest of many small farmers is often mixed during export, which can lead to strong quality fluctuations.
- The gourmet coffee of the region Marcala has the title “Denominacion de Origen Marcala”. Especially popular is the “Flor del Café”.
- Among the most famous coffee varieties is the “Pacamara Bean”, from the Plantage “Finca Santa Marta“.
- It was awarded 2006 as the best coffee in the country.
- The coffee is hand picked and sun-dried.
- The taste is fruity and very strong, with a spicy acidity and nutty nuances.