Honduras - Capucas co-operative washedHorsham Coffee Roaster
Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate, Cocoa, Cherry and Brown Sugar
Brewing: This coffee works well with all filter brewers and espresso. For filter we recommend a 1 - 16 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.5 brew ratio.
better known, is situated on and around the Celaque mountain, the
highest peak in Honduras. Celaque means ‘box of water’ in the local Lenca
language, and the mountain is the source for many rivers and streams.
Capucas was founded in 1999 by Jose Omar Rodriguez and takes its name from the local town of Las Capucas. In 2004 Omar was chosen to become the general manager, a role he continues today.
The coffee is harvested at its optimum ripeness and handed in at the cooperative washing station. It is then washed, dried in a solar dryer, and stored in parchment before being trucked to the port of Puerto Cortés. Capucas were the first in the country to build a facility to dry microlots in a large scale with solar dryers.
Coffee trees are pruned to a low height so it is easier to pick the cherries,
however if its cut too short too soon they fall over. Therefore, the pruning is
staggered: in the fi rst year they prune to 180cm, 170cm in the second year, 160cm third year and 150cm in the fourth year; then when the tree is cut down to the bottom, the trunk is strong enough to support the new growth.
The cooperative has many initiatives to improve the lives of workers and the local community, for example; they pay for a GP to treat workers for free in their health centre which is in the centre of Las Capucas. In 2016 Capucas partnered withthe National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) to provide a university education, the virtual classroom was opened in the community of Capucas in a rural part of San Pedro Copan, UNAH provide the technical support, teachers and subject matter for the students. They also have a football academy which is free to join and a virtual library for members, children and partners of Capucas Cooperative.
Preparation – Washed
Location – Las Capucas, San Pedro de Copán
Altitude – +-1700 masl
Definitely a favourite, taste is exactly as described. Used in a Chemex coffeemaker.
Honduras - Capucas co-operative washed
Works really well with my Jura coffee machine. Not too strong, ideal to mix with milk. Service was fast and spotless. I love the new bags!