In Honduras, 92% of coffee production comes from small producers, such as Francisco, who traditionally have picked and de-pulped their own coffee and then sold wet parchment to Coyotes, who buy from the farm gate in exchange for cash. This is the quickest way for a producer to receive money for their crop.
Coffee sold this way would then go to large-scale mills to be exported as commercial grade bulk lots.
However, Francisco and the other small producers who work with our importing partner Silo Coffee are part of a new movement of farmers who are processing and drying their own coffee.
These small producers are being encouraged to invest in taking care of their washing tanks and de-pulping equipment, and building their own raised beds.
This new group of producers is pursuing quality and together they are aiming to increase the volume of ‘Specialty Grade’ coffee exported from the country, which currently sits at just 1%