Starting with our silky sweet natural processed coffee from Gerardo Peñalba, we’ve added some complexity and brightness from our washed microlot from Rommel Melghem to create this rich espresso blend.
Rich & Chocolaty with notes of dried fruits & hazelnuts
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The vast majority of farmers in the Marcala region of Honduras are of ancient Lenca indigenous roots. Although the language is lost, many of the traditional agricultural techniques have been maintained in their approach to modern-day agriculture. This has led to one of the most sophisticated organic production systems amongst coffee producing co-ops in Central America. They are a leader in promoting organic agriculture and play a key role in training and education of other fair trade and organic producer co-ops throughout the region.
Honduran farmers have endured lifetimes of corruption and neglect at the hands of the country’s elite political class but despite this, COMSA shines as a true social enterprise that brings countless benefits to its members. In addition to a variety of markets through which to sell their coffee, members have access to an international school that teaches English, music, and cultural studies. The leadership of COMSA sees education as the only thing that will lift their rural community out of the cycle of poverty and oppression. This has led to a rural education program that teaches members of the small rural communities in the area how to teach their children at ages as young as 18 months. In the words of the General Manager, “it’s a cultural renaissance for our members”.
Gerardo Peñalba is the older brother of the manager of COMSA. There are a select number of members of COMSA that are working to pioneer an advanced microlot program at COMSA by experimenting with non-traditional processing methods for Honduras. This farm has been cultivated by the Peñalba’s for 75 years. Currently Gerardo is also growing out a number of the coveted Geisha coffee trees for future harvests.