HONDURAS FINCA LA COLOCHA
Producer: Yuliana Aguilar
Region: San Jose, La Paz
Elevation: 1450 - 1550m
Variety: Catuaí, Bourbón
Process: fully washed, dried on raised beds
Tasting Notes: pear, green apple, toffee
This is our first purchase from the Honduran Coffee Alliance and we couldn't be more excited! This lot is fully traceable and transparent meaning we can see where every cent of our purchase price went. The farm gate price for this coffee (meaning what was paid to the Aguilar family) was $2.40/lb which is more than double the current C Market price of $1.12 and 71% above the current Fair Trade minimum of $1.40.
Yuliana is a fourth-generation coffee farmer and grew up in the same mountains
where she now grows coffee. She left the coffee lands to study business administration in the capital city of Tegucigalpa where she met her husband Jorge who was then studying agricultural engineering. They knew they were meant to be coffee farmers together and have formed an amazing team. They are both 30 years old and have two young boys and now have three small farms between them that they manage together. Jorge and Yuliana bought Finca La Colocha as Yuliana’s farm in 2011. La Colocha means the curly-hair girl and is the nickname Yuliana's husband calls her. The farm had been abandoned for several years and they renovated and rehabilitated the property to focus on specialty coffee, which is why they chose a farm with a high altitude and chose to plant the Catuaí and Bourbón varieties. The Santa Maria area has typically been focused more on volume and less on quality, but Yuliana and Jorge have been pioneers in the area in producing specialty and many other producers are starting to follow their lead. They have perfected their process by working closely with pickers to select only the ripest cherries and developed an extended dry fermentation recipe. They also experimented with honey and anaerobic processes but have found that the washed process is best for their coffee.
Finca La Colocha has faced many challenges, especially because it is on a very steep
mountainside. Several years ago, they lost a lot of coffee due to heavy rains and
erosion and the Aguilars have since worked hard to plant erosion barrier plants. Yuliana says that she loves enjoying the coffee farm with her family and they spend as much time on the farms as they can together.