Here is another addition to our 'Adventure' line-up. Experimental micro-lots can yield unexpected results and it's always a thrill for us to get hold of coffee where the producers have tried something different. We're grateful that there are farmers out there that are open-minded and focused on trying to push things forward and in this case, it has really paid off.
Oliverio Lara Lopez and his son Jolman Walter own and manage the farm Bella Vista in the Gualme area of Corquin, Copan. The 3 and a half hectare farm sits 1350masl and is planted with Catuai, Lempira and IHCAFE90.
Oliverio is a very experienced coffee producer, but also very open-minded and was keen to experiment with processing and improve the quality of his coffee. He was one of the first members of the coop to join the micro-lot programme and saw a huge improvement in the quality of his coffee as a result.
This lot comes from Oliverio's farm at higher altitude in Gualme, where he grows IHCAFE 90, Lempira and Catuai. This coffee is a natural process of the Lempira variety. The producers will receive about 70% of the FOB price for their micro lots.
This year the harvest for all producers was extremely difficult with increased rains during the harvest and a lack of pickers meaning a large amount of coffee was lost from either falling to the ground or swelling and splitting on the tree. The mill is at 800MASL which gives a drier, more stable climate to dry the coffee compared to up at the farms where the weather can be less predictable.The coffee will be delivered to the mill where they assess the cherry and decide on the process for the coffees depending on space and what the producer has done already.