Honduras - Jesus Humberto Estevez - Espresso
Jesus Humberto Estevez is a small single estate washed coffee of the Caturra varietal. It's more complex than many other Honduran's, offering much sweetness and a muted acidity. Great as an all rounder espresso, which would deliver good results on all kinds of machines and full immersion methods (Cafetiere etc).
Why this coffee?
After the success of our other Honduran - Cosecha Azul, we have begun to explore more coffees from this region. Quality levels appear to be up from Honduras, and they offer a profile that is unlike any other, a mixture of the accessibility of Guatemalan's and the complexity of Costa Rican's.
Jesus Humberto Estevez is a slightly more complex Honduran than previous coffees form this origin. It's sweeter and has more depth and has a higher level of acidity to it, complex - not over powering. We roast it just for espresso at present, but we may experiment with filter roasts and it offers potential to shine as both.
About the Region / Farm / Producers:
Jesus Humberto Estevez is the owner of 1.5 hectares of coffee near to the town of Corquin in Copan. Jesus grows mostly caturra with a small area of villa sarchi and has more recently started planting parainema. Jesus also has bee hives for honey, fruit trees and vegetables for his own consumption. Due to the altitude and variety that Jesus grows, he has been processing all of his coffee as washed lots, since the cup is very complex and usually high quality.
This year he has started experimenting with honeys and naturals, all processed by the team at Aruco. But for his caturra it was kept as a washed coffee to best express the floral characteristics.
Sourcing / Location:
We have only recently discovered examples of high grade Honduran coffee, and we're pretty glad we did. Until recently we didn't come across any lots that really stood out, until we were sent this lot from Cosecha Azul, which is a real find.
Honduras two main exports are coffee and bananas. It's seriously good on both counts. It's actually the 7th largest exporter of coffee in the world, producing around 5 million bags in the last year. This is expected to grow to beyond 8 million in the next 2 years.
Until recently, Honduras was known mainly for producing commercial grade coffee and not often linked with speciality grade coffee, compared to many other central and south American countries. This is now changing, with Honduras starting to really push their focus on quality coffee.
Around 95% of Honduran coffee farmers operate in small lot farms, with an average of 2 hectares per farm, meaning there is a large volume of microlot coffees and regional groups, forming speciality lots for export. Small, focused and varied.
- Location: El Granadillo, Corquin, Copan,Honduras
- Varietal: Caturra
- Process: Washed
- Elevation: 1500 masl
- Weight: 250g / 1KG
- Roast: Espresso