Altos de Hondurian Erapuca, a specialty grade coffee sourced from Falcon Specialty
About Honduran coffee
As in most of Central America, coffee plays a crucial role in the Honduran economy. Having done so since its introduction in the 1800s. While it hasn’t always played on the centre stage of specialty coffee, this has changed dramatically in the last decade. Largely driven by individual farms that see the value of producing higher quality coffees and have begun to control the entire process – from planting to picking, processing, milling and packaging.
At Quaffee we’ve seen (and tasted) this first-hand and Honduras has become an origin from which we love to source.
The farm (Finca)
Finca Altos de Erapuca is a relatively new coffee farm which was established in 2008, with its second harvest in December 2014. 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 Efrain Paz Sevilla recognised the farm’s great potential for producing coffee. With many years’ experience in coffee, through the management of other family farms, Carlos planted entirely Catuai making the farm something of an oasis in a land of Cattimore – the varietal that has greater rust resistance but much less complexity in the cup.
Finca is located in the Department of Copán, on the slopes of Erapuca, Honduras’s second highest mountain. Two hundred and sixty four hectares are reserved for rainforest and 24 produce Catuai. The farm grows Catuai instead of the popular Catimor, which the neighbouring farms use.
Owner Carlos Efrain Paz Sevilla believes he must protect the land for future generations and runs the farm in compliance with organic production rules and methods. Finca Altos de Erapuca is both Rainforest Alliance and Organically certified.
Specially trained pickers ensure cherries are picked ripe. Washing, drying and milling take place down the mountain at a wet mill called Empresa Vecinos del Trigo. After drying, the beans go to the Santa Rosa Beneficio dry mill for parchment removal and a final defect removal (by hand or machine) before being packed in GrainPro bags.
Details of Hondurian Erapuca:
This is the third season we have had this coffee, and are proud to offer it again.
|Region/farm:||Finca Altos de Erapuca, Copan, Honduras|
|Processing:||Wet-processed. Dried mechanically on a large patio drying beds.|
|Harvest Time:||December 2016 – February 2017. (this is our third season we have sourced coffee from here)|
|Owners:||Carlos Efrain Paz Sevilla|
|Cultivar:||100% Arabica Catuai|
|Packaging:||GrainPro in Hessian|
|Intensity/Prime Attribute:||Fairly sweet; notes of oranges, butter and caramel. Medium-bodied.|
|Roast used:||Gentle heat introduction with intense heat at the end through first crack. Dropped before second crack.|
|Certifications:||Organic and Rain Forest Alliance (RFA)|
|Our brews:||Espresso: ratio 1:2 – very good; AeroPress: 16.5g:200g – good complexity; Plunger: 48g:600g – great all day coffee; Pour over/filter 6g:100g and 6.5g:100g for best results.|