Honduras Altos de Erapuca single origin organic coffee bean
£5.90 – £24.90
Our Honduras Altos de Erapuca coffee bean is a well balanced coffee with hazelnuts, dark chcolate and a hint of spice. A superb coffee from a country that offers so far little known speciality coffees.
Grown on a relatively new coffee farm located on the slopes of the Erapuca volcano like mountain in Honduras, our Altos de Erapuca single origin coffee bean is Rainforest Alliance and Organically certified.
Note: We charge a flat rate rate of £2.60 for delivery and always ship within 2 days of roasting, typically 2-6 days after placing your order.
Due to lack of investment, Honduras lacks the reputation of it’s neighbouring coffee producing countries. Yet it offers the ideal conditions, and expertise, for a superb, lesser known speciality coffee…Honduras Altos de Erapuca single origin organic coffee beans
Honduras as a coffee producing country offers an ideal climate and plenty of expertise. It has high altitude, volcanic and fertile soils. Unfortunately, a lack of investment and inadequate infrastructure means that we must work extra hard to find the top speciality coffees that Honduras offers.
However, find one we have. A very special single origin that is Organically Certified and Rainforest Alliance.
Finca Altos de Erapuca is a new coffee farm and was established in 2008. In December 2014 only its second crop was harvested. Previously the land had been given over to cattle but with an altitude of 1,300 to 1,360 meters above sea level, owner Carlos Refrain Paz Sevilla, recognised the land’s great potential for producing coffee. With many years’ experience in coffee, through the management of other family farms, Carlos planted the farm entirely with Catuai. This made the farm something of an oasis in a land of Cattimor – the varietal that has greater rust resistance but much less complexity in the cup.
The coffee is fertilised three times per year. The harvest begins in December but in earnest in January and February with shipments starting in April. Rust is controlled on a 25 day spraying cycle and September is the worst time for occurrence of rust – during the rainy season. Only compounds permitted by the organic certifiers can be used. This makes the fight against leaf-rust even tougher. There is a house for permanent staff on the farm which is powered by solar energy but other than this the farm is simply natural rainforest and a little coffee.
Following careful red cherry selection by specially trained pickers, the post-harvest operations of washing, drying and milling take place further down the mountain.
It is clear that Carlos is setting high standards. He has a desire to penetrate the growing speciality market.
Once the coffee is picked it is trucked down the mountain to a wet mill called Empresa Vecinos del Trigo where it is pulped and washed in a Penagos Eco pulp drier. From there the coffee will be delivered to Aruco, a dry mill with large patios and a bank of mechanical driers also. A combination of the two is used where the coffee first goes to patio until the moisture content reaches 43%, after which is goes to the driers (Guardiolas) – which are maintained at 35 C for a period of 35 to 40 hours until the moisture content falls to 11 to 12 percent.
The coffee then goes to the Santa Rosa Beneficio for parchment removal and a final defect removal (by hand or machine) before being packed in hessian sacks lined with Grain Pro and is then prepared for export.
The farm is located in Copan, on the slopes of Honduras’s second highest mountain – Erapuca. It’s a dramatic volcano-like mountain with its conical shape and though the slopes don’t benefit from mineral rich volcanic ash, the land is fertile with rich soils. The mountain’s peak reaches 2,255 meters above sea level. Finca Altos de Erapuca is a big farm since there are 264 hectares of protected rainforest but upon 24 hectares there is an abundance of healthy looking catuai. There are some signs of rust, as in almost all cases in Central America. Carlos is managing it well enough to expect a crop of around 2 containers between December and March when the coffee will be harvested. Carlos believes he must protect the land for future generations. He has made the brave step of running the farm in compliance with organic production rules and methods.Finca Altos de Erapuca is now both Rainforest Alliance and Organically certified.