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Machina Coffee - Honduras Capucas Bird Friendly - Washed (Organic) Espresso Beans - 1kg

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Machina Coffee - Honduras Capucas Bird Friendly - Washed (Organic) Espresso Beans - 1kg

Capucas is a real find and showcases why Honduras is fast beoming one of our favourite origins.

A washed Honduran of the Catuai varietal, produced by Cooperativa Cafetalera this is a rich, sweet and low acidity espresso, to be enjoyed by all, across a range of coffee drinks and brew methods

Tasting Notes: Cocoa Butter, Caramel, Hazelnuts

Location: Las Capucas, San Pedro de Copan, Honduras
Varietal: Catai
Elevation: 1450-14600 MASL
Process: Washed

The farmers / Cooperative:

Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (Cocafcal) or Capucas as they are better known, is situated on and around the Celaque mountain, which is the highest peak in Honduras. Capucas was founded in 1999 by Jose Omar Rodriguez and takes its name from the local town of Las Capucas. In 2004 Omar was chosen to become the general manager, a role he continues today.

The cooperative has many initiatives to improve the lives of workers and the local community, for example; they pay for a GP to treat workers for free in their health centre which is in the centre of Las Capucas. In 2016 Capucas partnered with the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) to provide a university education, the virtual classroom was opened in the community of Capucas in a rural part of San Pedro Copan, UNAH provide the technical support, teachers and subject matter for the students. They also have a football academy which is free to join and a virtual library for members, children and partners of Capucas Cooperative.

Picking and processing:

The coffee is harvested at its optimum ripeness and handed in at the cooperative. It is then washed, dried in a solar dryer, and stored in parchment before being trucked to the port of Puerto Cortés. Capucas were the first in the country to build a facility to dry micro-lots in a large scale with solar dryers.

Coffee trees are pruned to a low height so it is easier to pick the cherries, however if its cut too short too soon they fall over. Therefore, the pruning is staggered: in the first year they prune to 180cm, 170cm in the second year, 160cm third year and 150cm in the fourth year; then when the tree is cut down to the bottom, the trunk is strong enough to support the new growth.

Socio-economic benefits:

This coffee (similar to our Mexican Huatusco) is another case of regional coffee, that in our view, offers much more positive socio-economic benefits to those involved in the growing, processing and exporting (the supply chain) of the coffee than many single estate OR micro lot coffees do. This is a good thing. Why should coffee only be considered quality or traceable, just because you can reprint the farmers name? More often than not, regional coop lots are produced to exceptional levels of quality, with the farmers being located next to one another, offering a near identical profile, with the actual coffee itself being processed at the same location and under the exact same standards.

Regional Vs Single Estate: It's sometimes a nice story to hear about a single farms efforts to create a beautiful crop of coffee, in a single varietal, with a focus on quality processing and dedication for excellence. However, it is much more common to buy what is referred to as a regional blend or lot (such as this one), where numerous smallholders benefit from a collective effort, sometimes supported by a coffee exporter, charity or NGO. It is this scenario there is a much higher level of positive socio-economic benefit being created, and those who often struggle to generate a decent / fair income through coffee farming can be the true beneficiaries. An example of a coffee supply chain in positive effect.

The area:

Las Capucas is the highest point (masl) in the whole of Honduras around the Celaque Mountain. Celaque means ‘box of water’ in the local Lenca language, and the mountain is the source for many rivers and streams. This is located within Copán, which is famous for being an archaeological site of the Maya civilisation. The area is a fertile valley with altitudes of up to 2400 masl, making it a great location to grow coffee, as well as tobacco and fine cigars.


Las Capucas is a small town in the municipality of San Pedro de Copan, in the department of Copan (one of 23 departments in Honduras). This is in the far West of the country, not far from the borders of Guatemala and El Salvador.