A sweet red-fruit beauty with a floral finish. Cherries, raspberries and hazelnuts are all over this coffee. Truly the perfect afternoon delight.
|Producer||Norma Iris Fiallos|
|Taste Notes||Strawberry Jam, Papaya, Canteloupe, Gooseberry|
||Taste Note Card (PDF)|
Norma Iris Fiallos is the matriarch of San Rafael, located in the Los Limos area of Copan. Together with her son Donaldo, she runs one of the most innovative farms in the area, with a vast array of different varieties, including bourbon, catuai, maragogype and parainema. The farm is nestled within a pine forest, which greatly acidifies the soil, giving the coffee a very unique cup profile. The coffee is completely shade grown and the production area only represents a fraction of the total land. They have up to 60 employees during harvest time. Their farm is considered a coffee school because many of their employees end up having their own farm, applying what they learned at San Rafael to their own practices.
The Varietal & Processing
Processing takes place at the Aruco Cooperative Mill, managed by Donaldo. The mill is situated downhill at 800masl, which provides a more stable climate to dry the coffee compared to up at the farm. The cherry is dried on raised beds for 20 -30 days and is turned hourly.
Catuaí was developed in 1949 as a cross between Mundo Novo and Yellow Caturra. It was introduced in Honduras in 1972 where it now makes up for nearly half of arabica coffee crops. It’s a compact, productive variety with yellow and red fruit variants. It has great cup potential at high altitudes. Read more here.
Copán is one of Honduras' six coffee-producing regions. It’s situated in the west of Honduras, bordering Guatemala. In the 5th century it was one of the biggest Mayan regions. Today, coffee is grown on the slopes of Mount Tennen. The altitudes range from 1300 - 2000 masl.