HONDURAS MARCALA - Dark Roast Coffee
An exceptionally bold, but smooth cup of coffee with flavours of lime, honey and berry, and lingering notes of chocolate
Process: Washed, sun dried
Variety: Bourbon, Typica, Catuai, Caturra
Altitude: 3,800 - 5,400 feet
Tasting Notes: chocolate, lime, honey, berry
Cafe Organico Marcala, or COMSA, was created in 2000 by 62 farmers who wanted to reform the way coffee was grown. Many of the members belong to the indigenous Lenca tribe who brought their traditional sustainable organic farming practices along with them. In 2001, they were certified organic, in 2006 achieved fair trade status, and today they boast over 300 members—providing much-needed employment to many local farmers and workers, and using the premium they gain from their excellent product for important social projects in their communities.
Now recognised as innovators in organic techniques—from carbon sequestration, to methods of drying harvested coffee, to the recycling of wastewater—they share their practices with neighbouring countries to find organic solutions to problems such as coffee rust.