Name: Hector Ventura
Farm: Finca El Naranjo
Altitude: 1,750 - 1,8500 m
Your September Coffee is Finca El Naranjo
Prior to 1900 coffee was essentially a garden crop in Honduras, grown on small lots of land and traded within the country for internal consumption. Banana was king well into the 20th century. There eventual and gradual decline in banana production over the decades coincided with a slow but steady growth in coffee production. Today, Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America and among the largest worldwide, exporting more than 6 million bags. More than 60% of Honduran coffee is grown above 1,200 meters and almost all on small to medium sized farms.
Within the community of Tapuiman, Hector Ventura operates a 2.6 acre farm named El Naranjo. Hector has grown up within the area, selling his family’s coffee in the form of cherry locally. For the last three years he has improved his farm management by controlling the pH of his soil, organically fertilizing by utilizing compost, and implementing methods to take care of the farm and improve the livelihood.