Honduras- Carminda Vasquez

Honduras- Carminda Vasquez

Regular price $17

Origin • Santa Elena
Varietal Catuai
Process  Washed
Roast Light

Supports Women Farmers and Land Owners

Brew Methods
Espresso, Filter, Iced

Flavor Notes
Brown Sugar, Mandarin, Almond

Carminda Vásquez has a 2-acre farm called El Naranjo in the community of Los Patios where she lives with her husband and 5 children. In prior years, Carminda has sold her family's coffee in cherry to the local middleman. For the last several years she has been working with Catracha Coffee. During this time, she has improved her farm management practices using lime to control the pH of the soil, fertilizing with organic compost, and spraying organic fungicides to control levels of leaf rust. These actions have improved the health of her farm and the quality of her coffee production. Carminda has also learned to process her coffee using her own micro-mill to depulp, ferment and dry her coffee before delivering it to Catracha Coffee. Carminda plans to use some of the extra income from the sale of her coffee to renovate parts of her farm and improve her wet mill. Mayra Orellana-Powell founded Catracha Coffee Company to connect her coffee growing community with roasters. Nearly ten years later, Catracha Coffee has gained momentum with more than 80 producers and 20 roasters working together on sustainable relationships and a profit-sharing model, which has consistently paid at least $2.00 per pound directly to producers. This extra income helps increase each producer’s capacity to reinvest in their farm, and overtime, increase their standard of living.   The sale of Catracha Coffee also creates income for a non-profit called Catracha Community (a 501(1)(c)(3) nonprofit), which invests in income diversification opportunities without taking resources from a farmer’s bottom line.  Catracha Community host weekly workshops for women and youth to learn craft making skills.  Like the coffee, the focus is on quality. With the help of talented volunteers, the group has been able to make many beautiful things and sell them through our network of coffee friends. They even have a name for the group, Catracha Colectivo.   Catracha Community has also established an art residence and studio in Santa Elena to host artists from Honduras and around the world. These artists have been running art classes two days a week for over a year. Every week more than 30 children come and learn art. Art is starting to pop up everywhere around Santa Elena. There are more than 30 murals along the streets of Santa Elena, in people’s homes, and at many schools.

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We still offer free local Redding area pickup.

Please note: We roast to order once a week. Your order will ship as promptly as possible, with the freshest roast possible. You will receive notification when your order has been shipped or is ready to be picked up locally (if you choose pickup as your shipping option). If you have any questions, please contact us at hello@theorycollaborative.com.