Region: Montecillos, La Paz
Elevation: 1500 masl
Farmer: Emilia Barahona
Varietal: Icatu and Catuai
Cupping Notes: Sugarcane, Dark Chocolate, Green Grape
Finca Emilia it’s located in El Aguacatal, San José, La Paz, Honduras. A farm of two and a half hectares, which has spring water source, a very rare in that sector of Honduras but the farm still has that blessing as Emilia say and it is also thanks to the fact that they have been able to keep a part of the forest in her farm.
Emilia started in the coffee business in 2002 thanks to her husband who has family that worked in coffee growing, but to start this adventure Emilia and Edwin started with a loan in a local bank when Emilia and her husband were 23 years old, because they were very young, the bank was about to not give them credit, as a guarantee was the same farm that was mortgaged and thus they obtained the credit for 15 years which they finished paying three years ago.
The farm was originally planted with Catuai but due to problems of rust was almost destroyed in its entirety, is currently planted with variety Catuai, Icatu and Lempira. The farm is certified organic since certified products are used.
Emilia Barahona together with her husband Edwin Nicolás, Edwin's cousins and their wives formed the Cafesa association in which they provide support to producers in the area with training in the management of their farms and special coffee processing. The land for the Cafesa headquarters is owned by Edwin but it was kindly part of the support it is offering so that they can help more producers in the area. In this same place, they have a coffee warehouse and this year they recently opened a coffee copping lab where they provide cupping services to associated and non-associated producers, as well as advising them on how to improve their processes and, in some cases, search for coffee buyers.
For us is a pleasure to work with wonderful people who see not only their good but the common good.