Las Esmereldas

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 Las Esmereldas

The Farmer

José Oswaldo Oliva, an agricultural engineer, started his family business in 1987 producing potatoes and apples. As the business grew, Oliva expanded the variety of crops planted on the farm until 1993, when the coffee trade began to garner new attention. This was due in part to increased promotion and technological developments in coffee production, offering new opportunities for producers. After successive rounds of research, José learned that one of his farms was well suited for coffee production, afforded by its ideal climate and geographical attributes. Shortly thereafter, he began planting coffee at La Esmeralda, still managed by the family today.

Luis Miguel Oliva is the eldest son in the family, working with his family on the farm, from planting to harvest. He has also leveraged his professional training to start his own company PROCESADORA Y COMERCIALIZADORA DE CAFÉ ALFA SA de CV., the main purpose of which is to improve the quality of coffee on the farm by adding value to production through special wet processing, drying, roasting and marketing.

José Oswaldo Oliva the family patriarch
José Oswaldo Oliva the family patriarch
The family, with Luis Oliva on the far Left
The family, with Luis Oliva on the far Left

The Farm

This farm is located in the community of La Esmeralda, Marcala, in the Department of La Paz. The farm measures ​​7 Hectares, with elevations ranging from 1,550 to 1,700 meters above sea level. The farm cultivates 100% Catuaí, which was the original varietal planted on the farm and remains so today.

The family harvests and processes their coffee using environmentally sustainable methods, and they have chosen Catuaí as their sole varietal based on their opinion that it is of superior cup quality. The farm is focused on maintaining excellent growing practices throughout, a carefully monitored fermentation in concrete tanks, gradual shade drying and meticulous sorting, all of which converge in harmony to result in a coffee of excellent quality.

Beautiful coffee trees on the farm
Beautiful coffee trees on the farm
Freshly harvested cherries ready for same day processing
Freshly harvested cherries ready for same day processing

The Coffee

Production Details
Size: 12 Manzanas
Production: 25,000lbs
Varietals: Catuai
Altitude: 1,550 – 1700 MASL
Location: La Esmerelda, Marcala, La Paz

Cupping Notes: Papaya, yellow peach, yellow apple, custard

Roasting Notes:  TBD
Catuai cherries at fully maturity and ready to be picked
Catuai cherries at fully maturity and ready to be picked
Parchment drying in a solar dryer on raised beds
Parchment drying in a solar dryer on raised beds

 

We are currently selling coffee from Las Esmereldas 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!