Region : El Paraiso, Santa Barbara, Lempira, Copan, Ocotepeque Altitude : 1,300–2,000 masl Process : Washed Variety : Catuai, Caturra, Lempira, Ihcafe 90, Bourbon Grade : SHG EP Q SCORE : 83.75
Chocolate and caramel dominant with hints of strawberry and stone fruits. A soft lime note comes through as it cools. Balanced, sweet and bright.
Guara Verde, or green macaw, nods to Honduras’ national bird and comes to us from the specialty division of our sister export company Becamo.
A new Guara Selection program from Becamo focuses on tracing coffees to producers and working with them on high-quality cultivation, harvesting and processing techniques. This particular coffee comes from 252 producers across the western departments of El Paraiso, Santa Barbara, Lempira, Copan and Ocotepeque (see map above) and was designed to meet a cup profile that’s sweet and fruity, with a caramel aroma and a bright acidity.
Technical Farmer Programs
The Guara Selection program pairs Becamo agronomists with farmers and addresses seven key areas: soil management; pest and disease control; tissue management; harvest and fermentation practices; processing techniques; drying process; and African bed protocols.
A discussion about fermentation options, for example, could touch on ideal techniques for aerobic, anaerobic and prolonged fermentations, and then on a separate occasion cupping the results together. Agronomists and producers likewise worked on washed, semi-washed and honey-processed coffees.
On another occasion, the agronomists and producers spent a day building African beds, and explained the best protocols to achieve high quality coffee.
Every year, cup quality improves and longevity can be guaranteed once the coffees have reached their destinations.