Honduras: Pacayal La Torre
Honduras - Pacayal La Torre
Location: Opatoro, Marcala
Cup Notes: Kiwi, White Grape, Almonds
This natural processed Typica varietal shows out with bright and juicy notes that remind us of sweet kiwis and white grapes. The body anchors the fruity notes with a warm linger of cocoa covered nuts.
Pacayal is a small, ten-year-old cooperative in La Paz, the Comayuga Valley, outside of Marcala. It’s a region of ~ 8000 people, all coffee producers, mostly of Lenca ethnicity, and considered to be the poorest in La Paz. In 2012, Edgar Carrillo founded Pacayal in the wake of a devastating round of La Roya with the motto ‘quality does not suffer crisis’. From this start, and with the support of Sustainable Harvest, Edgar and family had the contracts, financing (via Root Capital), and technical assistance they needed to get off the ground. At their max Pacayal was able to include over 130 households in their network – all neighbors of Edgar and his extended family. They were able to get
certifications (FairTrade and Organic), distribute premiums, elect representatives and participate in one of Honduras’ smallest exporting cooperative unions.