Honduras - Finca Liquidambar

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Honduras - Finca Liquidambar

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A beautiful coffee from Honduras from the farm Liquidambar in San Marcos

 Country Honduras

 Department Ocotepeque

 Municipalities San Marcos

 Estate Finca Liquidambar

 Altitude 1670 masl

 Varieties Pacas, Catuai, Icatu, Ihcafe90, Lempiras

 Harvest December - March

 Process Washed

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Finca Liquidámbar was set up by a pioneering group of individuals (most of whom

work for Cocafelol cooperative) passionate about organic coffee production. They

turn coffee waste into organic fertilizer; with pulp developed compost processed

by Californian red worm. They also use the mucilage to make different products

that serve as foliar fertilizer to the farm. Some experiments they have made with

organic fertilizer have been so successful they have brought the technique to

Cocafelol Cooperative and rolled them out to other organic coffee producers.

The farm employs 18 members of staff and 12 more in the harvest. Until recently,

this was spread across 28 hectares of production, but this has now grown into 45

acres with coffee trees following a programme of new planting, with the remaining

15 hectares under their ownership remaining dedicated forest.

During harvest when the coffee is at its optimum ripeness, cherry is collected

manually by men and women, careful to collect only the ripe fruits. Then it is

transported to the benefi cio of one of the owners, to be pulped and washed. The

following day it is brought to a drying area for a controlled sun drying on African

beds, which takes about 12-15 days depending on the ambient temperature. When

the coffee reaches 12% humidity, it is sent to the exporter to prepare for export.

Lempira, the varietal that shares a name with the department and is signifi cant

in Honduras, was until recently rust resistant, so having a mix of varieties on

the farms as a way of increasing genetic diversity and therefore crop security

is important. Ihcafe90 is a Catura/Timor Hybrid cross with high yield potential,

selected by Instituto Hondureño del Café.