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 a rich, sweet and low acidity espresso. It has a very creamy body and texture that reminds us of cocoa butter. This is supported by a super sweet caramel flavour and a layer of hazelnut. It's got a very low level of acidity (muted but still present), which does not detract from it's quality, as it has a very refreshing profile when served black.
We think Capucas is going to be another huge coffee that will be enjoyed by all, across a range of coffee drinkers and brew methods. It will shine as a cafetiere, but also stand up strong as an espresso or classic flat white.
COCOA BUTTER / CARAMEL / HAZELNUTS
How you can brew this coffee:
Espresso, Cafetiere, Stove Top (Moka Pot), 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.
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.
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.
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
Elevation: 1450-14600 masl
Weight: 250g / 1KG
If you are interested in serving this coffee in your business, please get in touch on either firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 656 9565