Name: Elvin Suazo
Producer: Finca Rancho Escondido
Region: Montecillos, La Paz
Altitude: 1600 MASL
Your November Coffee is Honduras Finca Rancho Escondido
Finca Rancho Escondido is owned and managed by Elvin Suazo. His 25-hectare farm holds an impressive 90,000 coffee trees. Just as impressive is his processing infrastructure. After harvesting, his coffee is mechanically de-pulped, fermented for 30 hours, and dried on nylon mesh raised beds for two weeks.
Washed coffee in Honduras will vary from producer to producer, but typically the coffee is picked ripe and de-pulped the same day, then fermented for 12–24 hours in open-air tanks. It is then washed clean of mucilage and spread on patios or raised beds to dry. The drying process can take an average of 15 days, depending on the weather.
La Paz, an area famous for coffee production in Honduras, has high elevation and cool temperatures. These factors cause coffees to ripen slowly, developing sugars that are then processed in these comfortable climates. These coffees have high fruity sweetness with flavors of berries or peach
VARIETAL: CATUAI, PACAS