Producer: Saúl Moisés Mejía
Origin: Gualme, Corquín Copán
Altitude: 1450 masl
Flavours: Melon, Apricot, Orange & Milk Chocolate
SCAA Score: 84+
Where is it from?
Despite the huge scale of its annual coffee production and great potential for both growth and quality development, in the Central American coffee hall of fame, Honduras is rarely found at centre stage – a mantle more likely coveted by its neighbours, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. And yet on paper, the reputation of Honduras should be up there with those countries since it has the same conditions to produce very good coffees: high altitude, volcanic and fertile soils, an ideal climate and plenty of expertise. Unfortunately, a lack of investment and inadequate infrastructure means that we must work extra hard to find the best coffees that Honduras offers. Much of the country’s output feeds the commodity coffee market, despite the steps taken to improve quality by the country’s national coffee institute: Instituto Hondureno del Café (IHCAFE). The high average annual rainfall, which reaches 240cm in the North of the country, can also complicate the process of drying coffee once it has been harvested, prior to export.
Saul Moises Mejia is the owner of the farm la Cascada, which is situated in the Gualme area of Corquin, Copan. Gualme is a relatively high altitude area which greater temperature swings and higher humidity, this means that the coffee has a pronounced acidity and greater complexity, but makes it a challenging environment to dry coffee. Saul benefited greatly from the centralised drying facility that Falcon Coffees implemented this year, where the conditions are much more suited to dry coffee and so exhibit the full potential of Saul's coffee. La Cascada is situated at 1450masl and is 7 hectares of mostly caturra with some lempira and IHCAFE90. The majority of picking and farm work is done by Saul's family who all live at the farm.
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