Like many coffees, the story of this origin is also that of generations within a family.
Rafael Ramirez has owned a coffee farm at a low altitude in Honduras for some years.
His son Nelson trained as an agronomist and purchased a farm at higher altitude from a friend who was forced to sell the farm after many years of bad prices in the coffee market. Nelson’s goal was to use his knowledge to produce high quality coffee, allowing his crops to earn significantly more than the commodity coffee price.
Nelson transformed the quality of the coffee coming from the farm with improved farming techniques and coffee processing, including drying and wet process. With this was able to offer a great product, helping him to connect with specialty coffee roasters around the globe.
At this stage, Rafael helped his son Nelson by taking care of the higher altitude farm. While working there, he decide to be part of the quality-focused approach, buying a section of Nelson’s farm.
Caravela (our sourcing partners in Honduras) started working with Rafael and together they separated his first crop. His new approach worked: the quality was remarkable.
Unfortunately, the following year his crop wasn’t at the same quality, lacking complexity and he couldn’t sell his crop at the premium specialty.
Meeting the challenge, Rafael focused on improving and replanting the trees on his section of the farm. In the years since, the quality of his crop has bounced back, and we’re proud to be sharing his most recent crop with you.