Honduras SHG Plus
Cerro Azul is one of the Cohorsil cooperative’s regional blend qualities. The coffee is produced on various smallholder farms in the mountains that border the town of Siguatepeque, in the Montecillos mountain range. The beans are dried in drying tunnels, where the temperature can be controlled to stay between 40 and 50°C. The producers bring their harvest down from the plantations to one of Cohorsil’s central wet mills, where they can have their cherries processed.
The wet mills are equipped with large drying patios and drying tunnels to be able to process all local associates’ coffee. From the wet mills, the coffee moves down to the dry mill. Here, the beans rest in the warehouse for six weeks, before being hulled, graded and prepared for export. Cerro Azul is mix of the 4 varieties commonly found across Honduras: Caturra, Catuai, Typica and Pacas.
COHORSIL cooperative is located in the lush valley and municipality of Siguatepeque, in the central Honduran highland department of Comayagua. The area is known as one of Honduras’ biggest fruit and vegetable producing areas, thanks to the mild climate and ample rainfall. Favorable winds coming from the nearby Calanterique forest and Montecillos mountain range to the north range keep the temperature down in the dry and hot season from February to May. The rainy season runs from May to November, which is followed by a cooler period up to February.
The Cohorsil cooperative operates in the central, eastern and western regions of Honduras. Their technical staff is spread over the various regions to better provide support to the cooperative members. In total, Cohorsil has 6 wet mills, one per region they operate in. They also own their own dry mills, equipped with all infrastructure needed to clean and grade the beans, and to prepare them for export.
The cooperative provides loans, sustainability training, technical support and agricultural services to its members. With the entire support package Cohorsil offers to its associates, they aim at improving production and quality, and to get higher returns for the producing communities. Cohorsil also offers seeds of various vegetables to diversify the producers’ production so they aren’t entirely dependent on the coffee market for their income. The cooperative also takes care of marketing its members’ coffees and to fetch good prices in the international market, in accordance with the quality.
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Pacas
Altitude: 1300-1600 m
Vanilla, caramel, floral, citrus, fresh apple, black tea. Delicate, refined, complex.