This Washed Catuai lot has notes of sweet, complex fruits such as blackcurrant and lychee, with an underlying flavour of caramel that becomes more apparent as it cools.
|Caramel, blackcurrant and lychee
Coffee producer Jorge Lanza was raised by his grandmother, Dona Secundina, who provided all he needed while he studied accounting. After working with several companies he decided to buy 30 acres of land in Santa Barbara, in the Quimistan region of Honduras, on which he began to grow coffee while continuing to work as an independent accountant.
After nine years producing coffee, he became the General Manager for the National Association of Coffee Growers, ANACAFEH. Over 10 years, he traveled all through Honduras, helping producers with technical, financial and social assistance. During this time he visited farms from other departments and became interested in growing specialty coffee, and set himself the goal of starting to produce specialty coffees and win the Cup of Excellence (COE) program in Honduras.
A few years ago, Jorge decided to invest in specialty coffee by purchasing the farm La Huerta (the farm), and recently purchased a third lot of land, called Finca Zafiro, to advance on his specialty COE coffee goals. He invested not only in purchasing new lands to add to his original farm, Finca El Amigo, but also invested energy towards improving the farming conditions through cultivation and farm management. The farm on which this Catuai lot is grown, La Huerta, also grows Caturra, Parainema and Geisha varieties.
From the second harvest of La Huerta, Jorge achieved his dream and won the 2013 Honduras COE with a record score of 92.75 points. Since this time, his specialty focused farms have utilised their unique micro-climates, spectacular quality of soil and water, and of course, great hands to nurture and produce outstanding specialty coffee.
|Jorge Alberto Lanza Ruiz
|Las Flores, Santa Barbara
Las Flores, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Since the early 2000s, the region of Santa Barbara and the small-scale producers living and working there have shared the distinction as a source of exceptional coffee within Honduras. The region shares its name with the mountain range that stretches through this part of the country. This mountain range has created a unique topography throughout the area, producing a range of micro-climates that allow even the closest farms to have completely different weather patterns and growing conditions for coffee.
In this there there exists an eagerness, motivation and ambition to produce the best coffee in the country. The most successful farms, with the smartest and most innovative farmers, are neighbours who help each other to refine the best of their lots.