Products from Cooperative Cafesmo
We, the 250+ coffee growers who together form ‘Cafesmo’, have been collaborating for many years, and have formalized our cooperation in 2016. Our individual fincas are relatively small, most of them ranging roughly from 2 to 12 hectares, but united we stand strong.
All of our finca’s are FTO and UTZ certified. Even more importantly: through careful selection, we are slowly perfecting the varieties that we grow on specific altitudes or soils, as well as our growing techniques, and are now able to offer an expanding array of specialty profiles. At the beginning of 2019, we have exported our first container of micro-lots, to the United Kingdom.
The area where we cultivate coffee, Mercedes, is located in the very south of Honduras, a stone’s throw from El Salvador and Guatemala. On the north flank, our plantations are protected by the mighty Celaque, the country’s highest peak. On the southern side, Cerro Pital proudly towers above our fincas. The two mountain ranges create highly beneficial micro-climates, as well as diverse fauna and flora on and around the plantations, with plentiful natural shade.
The region, Ocotepeque, is increasingly well known for its ideal climate, soil, and altitude to grow unique, richly flavored coffees. We are convinced that our region will continue to gain in fame over the next few years, and deservedly so.
Our members grow coffee between 950 and 2,000 meters (3,100 to 6,500ft), though most of the land is located between 1,200 and 1,600 meters. Thanks to this varied topography, we have a long harvest season, that starts late October and lasts until March.
Our varieties include Pacas, Lempira, Parainema, Catuaí, Obatá, Colombia, IHCAFE90…
We have our own wet mill and dry mill and for our specialty coffees, we prepare fully washed, semi-washed, red honey, black honey, and natural lots. More recently, we have started to work with Carbonic Maceration (Anaerobic), which has resulted in some of our best profiles yet. So, we have decided to increase our focus on anaerobic preparations, because we are simply in love with the richness and breadth of the profiles we get from it.
Cafesmo is a proudly Honduran initiative and entirely run by Hondurans, but we collaborate with people from Canada, the US, and the Netherlands. This is why we can work directly with small importers and roasters, and why we are happy to answer any queries in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, and Dutch.