Tasting Notes: A light-bodied and incredibly sweet and smooth cup, with notes of black cherry jam and strawberry
Roast: Light - Medium Roast
Story of the Farm:
In 2000, when 62 Honduran farmers wanted to reform the way coffee was grown, they joined together with a common goal to transform their farms from conventional to organic production, they formed the COMSA (Café Organico Marcala, S.A).
In 2001, fostered by a foundation called Funder, COMSA earned their organic certification from Bio Latina which has enabled them to market their coffee to more international buyers and realize better selling prices for their coffee. In February 2006, COMSA then applied for and was granted Fair Trade certification status.
COMSA uses the Fair Trade price premium to fund many social projects including paying teachers’ salaries, purchasing school supplies and finance the construction of kitchens in the schools in support of the Merienda Escolar program that provides meals for school children.
Today, COMSA consists of 1200+ members, and there is a waiting list to join the cooperative —providing much-needed employment to many local farmers and workers, and using the premium they gain from their excellent product for important social projects in their communities. Many of the members belong to the indigenous Lenca tribe who brought their traditional sustainable organic farming practices along with them.
Quality is the main focus of COMSA—farmers are paid based on the scores they earn on their crops and given tools and training to increase quality. Now, composted fertilizer is processed on-site from cascara (the cherry/pulp of the coffee bean) and other organic materials, and is given to members for free. This potent fertilizer is extremely necessary both for the health of the soil and the quality of the coffee grown.