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Reiniel Ramirez

Honduras 333g

This is our second year featuring Reiniel Ramirez, a farmer in Selguapa, Honduras, who processes coffee for himself and about 25 members of his community. Since connecting with the Honduran Coffee Institute, in 2018, their group has made focused investments to improve quality and market access, facilitating their introduction to Semilla, our importing partners. In the cup, we taste peach, lime, and praline.

Sweet as candy and bright as a ray of light, dreary days are no match for this one.

RegionComayagua
ProcessWashed
Farm systemSingle farm
Varietal(s)Typica
Reminds us ofPeach, lime and praline
KG's purchased1380kg
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Story

Reiniel Ramirez is a second-generation coffee farmer in Selguapa, Honduras. His father, Antonio, began working with coffee in 1985, when he happened upon Typica and Bourbon trees on his property. At that time, theirs was a very sparsely populated community high in the Comayagua Mountains, which has grown modestly to about 1,500 inhabitants nowadays, 800 of whom produce coffee. 

At 16, Reiniel took over a small plot of land alongside his father’s farm. He’s come to call this parcel “Los Derrumbos” - “the landslides” - a somewhat alarming allusion to the soft, clay soil’s tendency to slide from the farm’s steep position in the mountains. Starting with only 1,800 trees, Reiniel spent many years selling his coffee to local buyers for unsustainably low prices. For very many coffee producers, this is reality. Despite poor earnings, it can be insurmountably difficult to access other buyers, and without sufficient reliability for returns on the types of investment that might court them, this pattern prevails. Oftentimes, talented farmers with remarkably well-situated farms simply lack the logistical luck of meeting buyers who will pay fair prices for their coffee.

In 2018, Reiniel, his brothers, and their small group within the coffee-growing community in Selguapa, benefited tremendously from another community member, Jesus Galeas, working for the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE). From there, Jesus met Rony Gomez, who runs Cafe Raga, a producers’ association that played a role in the Honduran coffee that we purchased last year, as well. Together, Rony and Jesus implemented training on a range of premium-focused qualitative improvements, from cherry collection to fermentation to drying. These practices have been reinforced with infrastructure investments - a new eco-pulper, ten times as many drying beds, and freshly tiled fermentation tanks. And though this group of twenty-five producers represents just a small portion of the eight-hundred farmers in their area, their rapid progress bodes well for their neighbours, who now have a nearby example of coffee’s potential to be a more viable, sustainable source of income for their families. This year, in addition to featuring Reiniel’s own lot, we also purchased a blended lot from four other community members, a bit earlier in their specialty coffee trajectories, and this sort of evolution is exactly what we are thrilled to see taking place in Honduras.

When brewed, this coffee has a truly explosive fragrance, with potent fruit aromatics and guilt-inducingly sweet, nutty flavors. In the cup, we taste peach, lime, and praline.

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Production

Varietal(s)Typica
KG's Purchased1380kg
Processing MethodWashed
Arrived at DispatchAugust 2021

Who it's From

ExporterChoacapa
ImporterSemilla Coffee
ProcessedCommunal beneficio
Farm SystemIndividual farm
Relationship DurationSecond year
Number of ContributorsOne family

Where it's From

RegionComayagua
CountryHonduras
Elevation1800m
Sub-regionSelguapa