Sandwiched between two of the most productive coffee growing regions in Honduras, Cooperativa Cafetalera Siguatepeque Limitada (COHORSIL) has to run like a well-tuned machine to manage the magnitude of cherry that flows from the mountainous departments of Comayagua and Intibuca. COHORSIL’s strategy begins with 6 regional wet-mills where producers deliver cherry. Each mill is similarly designed so coffee can be processed consistently at each location. All of the mills float cherries using recycled water to remove less dense and damaged beans before depulping.
After depulping, coffee is fermented for 18 hours and then washed with a demucilager, which uses very little water. Washed parchment is density sorted again in classification channels and then placed on patios to pre-dry. Next the coffee is transported to a centralized mill in Siguatepeque where it is dried in horizontal dryers called guardiolas for a period of 72 hours.
Furnaces burn recycled coffee parchment to heat the guardiolas. Dried parchment is stored and milled in Siguatepeque, which has mild weather conditions ideal for resting parchment and preparing coffee for export. COHORSIL has a fully staffed cupping lab equipped to cup through every lot and ensure consistent quality. COHORSIL is not just a coffee cooperative, it also has an organic fertilizer production plant that uses coffee pulp as the base ingredient and California earthworms to promote decomposition. Plus, it has a massive greenhouse operation where thousands of vegetable seedlings are grown each year. And to tie it all together, there are 14 agricultural supply stores spread across western Honduras.
Tasting Notes: Great daily drinking cup medium to dark roasted. This cup is nice and chocolaty, lower acidity and medium bodied. A little sweeter edge to it except for super dark roasts. Besides a chocolaty factor one will get some nuttier characteristics coming through in the cup. We all thought it was at its best right around a full city – smooth and rich without too much of a roasty note with great chocolaty tones.
Roasting Notes: Easy to roast but will roast two-toned. Medium to low chaff. This is an aggregate production coffee which includes multiple strains and pickings. Produces a long first crack and the finished product will have beans in the medium-dark roast range. This is what helps it achieve a full flavored and balanced cup, the slightly lighter beans push out a little floral sweetness, the dark beans provide the rich semi-sweet chocolate tones. An easy and tasty roast point is just touching 2nd crack.