Region: La Paz
Farm: Finca La Joya
Farmer: Miguel Alfonso Lopez
Elevation: 1650 MASL (5413 Feet Above Sea Level)
Finca La Joya Miguel Alfonso Lopez owns and operates this 11-hectare farm called Finca La Joya in the Guajiquiro region of La Paz. He has roughly 40,000 trees planted and also produces corn and bananas on his farm. He harvests from December to March and produces both washed and natural coffees, all dried on patios.
La Paz, an area famous for coffee production in Honduras, has high elevations and cool temperatures. These factors cause coffees to ripen slowly, developing sugars that are then processed in these comfortable climates. These coffees have high fruity sweetness with flavors of berries or peach.
While the vast majority of Honduran coffees have a reputation as “mild” (nutty, sweet, heavy-bodied but without the oomph of acidity that characterizes a fantastic Guatemalan or the dynamic profile of a top Costa Rican), there is clearly a bright future for breakout producers such as Mr. Lopez who are committed to the quality evidenced in this harvest. We've not tasted anything like this from Honduras before.