This fall, we are partnering with USC (formerly Unitarian Service Committee) Canada to raise $6k ($10k with USC) to build a solar coffee dryer for the community of Buena Vista, Intibuca, Honduras. Farming families know that higher quality coffee receives a higher market price. Simple technology like a solar powered coffee dryer can make the difference between a coffee receiving an average rating and a very high-quality rating (84 points and below vs 84.5 to 90 points). A community-owned solar dryer can benefit many farming families and a larger community. $1 for each pound of Buena Vista Fundraiser blend roasted will be donated to the project. If you would like to make a direct donation to the project click here.
Our Buena Vista Fundraiser blend is a delightful everyday cup with toffee and almond notes and a big chocolate finish. We chose a blend of coffees grown by 8 women farmers in Marcala from the COMSA co-op. The women of Marcala enjoy higher quality premiums for their coffee and can provide mentorship. The coffee was from a late harvest because of some uncommon seasonal temperature changes and irregular rainfall delaying the main harvest by a few weeks. Despite these setbacks, the hard work and impeccable farming practices of these women produced a phenomenal coffee with a strong sense of place.
Buena Vista is a small community of 312 people (106 women) located in the Cordillera de Montecillos mountain range, at 1790 meters above sea level. The local economy is centered around the small-scale production of grains and coffee. The new dryer will be owned and managed collectively by the local CIAL (farmer-led research team) for the benefit of the community of Buena Vista. It will be used primarily by the 19 women and families that are members of the CIAL, but will also offer services to other Buena Vista farmers.
Caramel & Smooth ~ Medium
Tasting notes: Caramel, almond, chocolate
Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras