Variety: caturra, catimor, parainema, pacamara, lempira
Tasting Notes: caramel, hazelnut, citrus, strawberry
We welcome back the UNIOCAFE lot for the second year running and it is just as lovely as last year. This coffee is the first of our two Honduran coffees for the year and is clean, sweet, and roasted on the slightly darker side of medium to get the perfect amount of caramelized sugar.
This microlot is the work of 33 young coffee producers, ages 15 through 39, from the Youth Committee of the Unión de Organizaciones Ocotepecanas de Café (UNIOCAFE) who are participating in the Coffee Kids program. For every pound of this coffee our importer InterAmerican buys, they pay a 10-cent premium back to the producers.
UNIOCAFE is a producer association in the Ocotepeque region of Western Honduras and its umbrella organization supports 28 producer groups, representing more than 1,000 coffee farmers. Since 2007 UNIOCAFE has invested in its producer network by providing training, financing, and access to coffee buyers. In 2016, UNIOCAFE expanded its programs to focus on empowering youth, promoting gender equity, and addressing climate change — and were identified as an ideal group for the Coffee Kids program to team up with. Currently, UNIOCAFE provides young producers with best-practices training in coffee cultivation, cupping and coffee quality, as well as processing and preparation for export. At the same time, the youth are learning how to develop strong organizational and business skills.
Coffee Kids is a non-profit program which has been working with farmer associations in the Trifino region of Central America—the shared border of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Its goal is to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in young farmers, to encourage them to believe in themselves, and to help ensure better livelihoods for them and their families.