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About Honduras Fair Trade Organic Mountain Water Decaf
This high quality coffee is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process, performed by Descamex of Veracruz, Mexico.
This coffee is sourced by RAOS (Cooperativa Regional Mixta de Agricultores Organicos de la Sierra) an assocation with 200 coffee producing members, all farmers from small family-owned farms in the Marcala growing region within La Paz, Honduras. RAOS was founded in 1997 and is the first small to medium cooperative of organic coffee producers in Honduras. The farms all sit at between 1200 and 1600 meters above sea level and produce multiple coffee varietals including Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra and Typica. All of the coffee is organically grown then fully washed and sun dried.
Leaf rust or "roya" has had rippling effects in the coffee growing world and Honduras is no exception, the Marcala region where this coffee is produced has experienced considerable damage. Roya does not affect the quality of this coffee but rather, it can greatly reduce the size of the crop. RAOS is is supporting recovery of the damage with financing that has helped members invest in nurseries to replace the effected coffee trees as well as added more shade trees for next years harvest.
Grower: Smallholder coffee producers
Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras
Altitude: 1200-1600 meters
Process: Fully washed, sun dried
Variety: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Typica
Harvest: November - March
Certification: Fair Trade, Organic
Cup Characteristics: Clean, sweet and surprisingly devoid of traits that might lead you to know it's decaffeinated. If you start with a quality coffee and decaffeinate it properly, the results can be very surprisingly good today. If decaf is what you need than you will want this one.
Roasting Notes: This is a high grown, dense coffee so can withstand quite a bit of heat. Decafs roast a little more quickly than their non-decaf counterparts and are just about devoid of chaff.
Honduras coffee facts:
Population (2006): 7.3 million People
Coffee Production: 3 million bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 132 pounds - 60 kg
Domestic Consumption: 140,000 bags
Coffee Export: 2,860,000 bags
Cultivated Area: 400,000 Hectares (988,000 acres)
Harvest: October - February
Arabica Introduced: Coffee was first introduced into Honduras from El Salvador.
Farms: About 45,000, 80% between 1 and 10 hectares.
Botanical Varietals: Caturra, Typica, Bourbon, Pacas, Villa Sorchi, Geisha, Catui.
The country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed about 5,600 people and caused approximately $2 billion in damage. Honduras has made major strides in elevating coffee quality in recent years.