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Coffee - Honduras La Paz (Honey)

Tastes like: 
Tangelo / Honey / Dulce de Leche

We are elated to bring you this Woodcat exclusive microlot in partnership with coffee farmer Lilian Marlen Argueta Catracha Coffee. Only five bags were harvested on Lilian's small four acre farm and we were lucky enough to acquire all five.

The microlot we've purchased from Lilian & Catracha is a wonderful example of her careful processing. Lilian's crop this year has been thoroughly honey processed in order to highlight a juicy body and deep sweetness in her coffee. Up front we taste a bright ripe tangelo zest that sinks into a rich creamy body, reminiscent of Dulce de Leche. It makes for a complex yet approachable cup. To highlight it's natural sweetness, thoughtful attention was given to this coffee during roast.

Both Lilian and Catracha have been working hard to improve quality and economic viability of specialty coffee farming in the Santa Elena region of La Paz, Honduras. So they can invest in their own farms and improve their overall quality of life, Catracha works directly with coffee producers to help them obtain a price well above fair trade. In recent years, Lilian has been able to invest in her own micro mill so she can process her coffee before delivery to Catracha for export. 

In addition to the premium we paid (which goes directly to Lilian) we are charging an additional $2 at retail that will be given directly to Catracha as part of what they are calling Third Payment. Traditionally, coffee producers are paid only once at the time of export, but Catracha has already set up a better system where farmers are paid a portion of the projected sale price at the time of harvest (First Payment) and then again when the coffee is exported (Second Payment).

This Third Payment from each bag sold will be divided three ways:
1. an emergency medical fund for producers working with Catracha;
2. increased wages for pickers hired to pick the coffee at harvest; 
3. an additional payment going directly to Lilian, the producer.

We are supremely honored to share this very special coffee with you now and hopefully for many more harvests to come!

Producer: Lilian Marlen Argueta

Region: La Tejera, Santa Elena, La Paz, Honduras

Altitude: 1500 masl

Process: Pulped Natural (Honey)

Varieties: Bourbon & Catuai

*Due to the extremely limited nature of this micro-lot we will only be offering 12oz retail bags.