Honduras - Capucas *Bird Friendly - Washed - Filter (Organic)

    Coffee
    £7.50

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    Delivery

    We offer UK and international shipping Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.
    Orders usually take between 1-2 days within the UK, but may take up to 3 days to get to you. Orders of espresso machines and grinders may take 2-3 days longer, due to the additional bench testing service we provide. For the full particulars, please see our terms and conditions.
     

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    Returned items must be unused and be returned in original packaging with any enclosed documentation and in perfect resalable condition. Once the goods have been received back and checked, as per our terms and conditions, we will issue a full refund or exchange on receipt.
     
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    Origin

    Honduras

    Process

    Washed

    Roast

    Filter

    Profile

    Sultana, Milk Chocolate, Almond

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    Capucas is a real find and showcases why Honduras is fast beoming one of our favourite origins

    Capucas is a real find and showcases why Honduras is fast beoming one of our favourite origins

    A washed Honduran of the Catuai varietal, produced by Cooperativa Cafetalera this is a rich, sweet and low acidity coffee. Roasted for filter it delivers a soft / smooth milk chocolate body, balanced out with a mix of a yellow sultana and almond flavours

    Location: Las Capucas, San Pedro de Copan, Honduras

    Varietal: Catai

    Elevation: 1450-14600 masl

    Brewing Options: V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).

    Roast: Filter

    Process: Washed

    • Description

      Capucas is another real find of a coffee. It's a washed Honduran of the Catuai varietal, produced by Cooperativa Cafetalera. Honduras is an origin that is fast becoming one of our favourites. It's sourced through the same channels as our Cosecha Azul coffee, representing a great example of regional lot coffee that offers not just great quality, but also a fantastic story of socio-economic benefits that we are proud to be associated with.

      As a guide, expect sweet and balanced cup with low acidity. It has a soft / smooth milk chocolate body, balanced out with a mix of a yellow sultana and almond flavours.

      Capucas is already proving to be a hugely popular coffee on espresso, along the same profile as the fantastic Cosecha Azul. This filter roast is a great all rounder coffee that we think will really hit the spot for filter machines, Aeropress and cafetiere's.

      Tasting notes:

      SULTANA / MILK CHOCOLATE / ALMOND

      How you can brew this coffee:
      V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).


      The farmers / Cooperative:

      Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (Cocafcal) or Capucas as they are better known, is situated on and around the Celaque mountain, which is the highest peak in Honduras. Capucas was founded in 1999 by Jose Omar Rodriguez and takes its name from the local town of Las Capucas. In 2004 Omar was chosen to become the general manager, a role he continues today.

      The cooperative has many initiatives to improve the lives of workers and the local community, for example; they pay for a GP to treat workers for free in their health centre which is in the centre of Las Capucas. In 2016 Capucas partnered with the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) to provide a university education, the virtual classroom was opened in the community of Capucas in a rural part of San Pedro Copan, UNAH provide the technical support, teachers and subject matter for the students. They also have a football academy which is free to join and a virtual library for members, children and partners of Capucas Cooperative.

      Picking and processing:

      The coffee is harvested at its optimum ripeness and handed in at the cooperative. It is then washed, dried in a solar dryer, and stored in parchment before being trucked to the port of Puerto Cortés. Capucas were the first in the country to build a facility to dry micro-lots in a large scale with solar dryers.

      Coffee trees are pruned to a low height so it is easier to pick the cherries, however if its cut too short too soon they fall over. Therefore, the pruning is staggered: in the first year they prune to 180cm, 170cm in the second year, 160cm third year and 150cm in the fourth year; then when the tree is cut down to the bottom, the trunk is strong enough to support the new growth.

      Socio-economic benefits:

      This coffee (similar to our Mexican Huatusco) is another case of regional coffee, that in our view, offers much more positive socio-economic benefits to those involved in the growing, processing and exporting (the supply chain) of the coffee than many single estate OR micro lot coffees do. This is a good thing. Why should coffee only be considered quality or traceable, just because you can reprint the farmers name? More often than not, regional coop lots are produced to exceptional levels of quality, with the farmers being located next to one another, offering a near identical profile, with the actual coffee itself being processed at the same location and under the exact same standards.

      Regional Vs Single Estate: It's sometimes a nice story to hear about a single farms efforts to create a beautiful crop of coffee, in a single varietal, with a focus on quality processing and dedication for excellence. However, it is much more common to buy what is referred to as a regional blend or lot (such as this one), where numerous smallholders benefit from a collective effort, sometimes supported by a coffee exporter, charity or NGO. It is this scenario there is a much higher level of positive socio-economic benefit being created, and those who often struggle to generate a decent / fair income through coffee farming can be the true beneficiaries. An example of a coffee supply chain in positive effect.

      The area:

      Las Capucas is the highest point (masl) in the whole of Honduras around the Celaque Mountain. Celaque means ‘box of water’ in the local Lenca language, and the mountain is the source for many rivers and streams. This is located within Copán, which is famous for being an archaeological site of the Maya civilisation. The area is a fertile valley with altitudes of up to 2400 masl, making it a great location to grow coffee, as well as tobacco and fine cigars.

      Location:

      Las Capucas is a small town in the municipality of San Pedro de Copan, in the department of Copan (one of 23 departments in Honduras). This is in the far West of the country, not far from the borders of Guatemala and El Salvador.

      -------

      Your coffee will be roasted within 5-10 days of purchase, with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point of 10-36 days). We recommend letting this coffee rest for at least 12 days before using.

      Location: Las Capucas, San Pedro de Copan, Honduras

      Varietals: Catai

      Process: Washed

      Elevation: 1450-14600 masl

      Weight: 250g / 1KG

      Roast: Filter

      If you are interested in serving this coffee in your business, please get in touch on either roastery@machina-coffee.co.uk or call us on 0131 656 9565
    • Wholesale

      If you are interested in serving this coffee in your business, please get in touch on either roastery@machina-coffee.co.uk or call us on 0131 656 9565

    • Delivery & Returns

      Delivery

      We offer UK and international shipping Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.
      Orders usually take between 1-2 days within the UK, but may take up to 3 days to get to you. Orders of espresso machines and grinders may take 2-3 days longer, due to the additional bench testing service we provide. For the full particulars, please see our terms and conditions.
       

      Returns

      Returned items must be unused and be returned in original packaging with any enclosed documentation and in perfect resalable condition. Once the goods have been received back and checked, as per our terms and conditions, we will issue a full refund or exchange on receipt.
       
      For full details on our range of shipping services please click here
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    Wholesale

    Wholesale

    If you are interested in serving this coffee in your business, please get in touch on either roastery@machina-coffee.co.uk or call us on 0131 656 9565