Jerusalén

La Paz, Honduras. Sun-drenched days, evenings at altitude washed by cooling mists. We are so excited to make available this small, super premium selection of our favorites from this year’s harvest.

These farms belong to the Marcala growing region, an appalachian in southwestern Honduras that produces coffee known for its distinctive profile, delineated by notes of rich cocoa, bright orange and tropical, candy-like fruit. These are very small farms, and the supply is extremely limited. While each of these lots provide, in themselves, a singular sense experience, they all point towards the community of Marcala.

Each of these farmers shared with us their story. Instead of attempting a third person paraphrase, we felt like their own account carried something, in tone, that extended beyond the content. We hope you enjoy reading their own stories, in their own words:

Meet Finca Jerusalén

The Farmer

A native of Guajiquiro, La Paz, Dionisio Cruz Mendoza is a descendant of an ancient ethnic group known within the country as the Lenca. His family are farmers dedicated to growing coffee and vegetables and also are known for producing excellent clay crafts.

Dionisio focused during the harvest
Dionisio focused during the harvest
The family working together on the precious farm
The family working together on the precious farm

The Farm

Dionisio and his family have cultivated coffee for 40 years and have, since 1980, maintained the oldest coffee varieties in the country. In recent years, the impact of coffee leaf rust caused substantial productivity losses, leaving the family with the only alternative of seeking technical assistance to improve the nutrition of soil with organic and foliar fertilizers that are friendly to the environment. The family also decided to update their facilities to improve their fermentation, washing, and drying processes.

This work paid off. After these changes were incorporated into their farming practices the family submitted their coffee in the Honduran Cup of Excellence, placing 4th place in 2011.

Precision picking geared toward selecting cherries at their optimal maturity
Precision picking geared toward selecting cherries at their optimal maturity
Meticulously dried parchment being prepared for shipment to the mill
Meticulously dried parchment being prepared for shipment to the mill

The Coffee

Production Details
Size: 4 Manzanas
Production: 8,000lbs
Varietals (This Coffee): Yellow and Red Catuai, Typica
Altitude: 1700 MSNM
Location: Guajiquiro, La Paz

Cupping Notes: Clean, bright and with an unfurling complexity, this cup is defined by rich aromatics of blackberry cobbler, followed by crisp notes of apricot, butterscotch, white grape and suggestions of Juicy Fruit gum.

Roasting Notes:  TBD
Yellow Catuai cherries ripe and ready to be harvested
Yellow Catuai cherries ripe and ready to be harvested

Exceptional, dense Red Catuai clusters on Finca Jerusalen
Exceptional, dense Red Catuai clusters on Finca Jerusalen

 

We are currently selling coffee from finca Jerusalén in 1, 5, and 25 lb quantities online.  If you would like to purchase larger quantities (i.e., by the bag or pallet) or would simply like to learn more please Contact Us , we would love to hear from you!