HONDURAS - LOS TOLTECAS | Washed

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Owner: Aruco Cooperative
Location: Corquin, Copan
Varietal: Mixed
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1200 - 1400 masl
Cup Score: 85.25 
Cup profile: Orange and cherry with smooth hazelnut praline and milk chocolate

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Description

This coffee is names after the original descendants of the area of Corquin where the Aruco cooperative are based. This coffee comes from 13 members of the Cooperative who and is a blend of parainema, lempira, IHCafe 90 and red catuai. The coffee is grown between 1200-1400 masl. All the processing takes place at the centralised wet will just outside of Corquin at 800 masl. Here the conditions are much better for processing and for creating uniform and stable lots. The coffee is floated and washed before then being pulped and fermented in tiled tanks overnight for 12 – 16 hours. The coffee is then dried on the patios for 7 – 10 days weather depending. Sometimes they may need to use a mechanical drier if the climate has been wet. The driers are always kept below 40 degrees at a stable temperatures.

Producers
Norma Iris Fiallos Calidonio
Oliverio Lara Lopez
Nely Suyapa Orellana
Carlos Alfredo Estevez Mejia
Donaldo Rafael González Fiallos
Hernan Lopez Alvarenga
Francis Arturo Romero Melgar
Osman Rene Romero Melgar
Blanca Rosa Melgar
Saul Moises Mejia Urrea
Yolanda Urrea Arita
Serbio Enrrique Fuentes Medina
Miguel Angel Paz Molina

The Aruco Cooperative, established in 2006 with 14 producers, is located in the town of Corquín, Copán Department, which lies in the west of Honduras near the Guatemalan border. The producers established the cooperative as they felt their coffees were being under-appreciated by local buyers and they wanted to achieve prices that reflected the coffees they were producing. The name of the cooperative comes from Río Aruco whose source is in the Celaque National Park (home to the highest peak in Honduras).

The cooperative now supports over 200 producers in this region, ranging from 1000-1600 masl and growing Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai Amarillo, Catuai Rojo, IHCAFE 90, Lempira, Obata, Maragogipe, Pacamara, Geisha and Parainema varieties. Aruco supports its members with technical assistance, quality and yield improvement, and financial support, all while promoting responsible farming in harmony with the environment – the cooperative is organic certified. The cooperative now produces 26,0000 69kg bags coffee annually, exporting around the world as well as selling to the internal Honduras market.