A couple years back we got to meet with 10-15 of their headliner producers. You could tell this co-op meant the world to them and really helps improve their standard of living while giving them the toolset to make some stellar beans. Although i really enjoyed meeting them – one could tell what it meant to them to see and meet the end users of their product.
These beans are coming from small community cooperatives working together with Beneficio Santa Rosa, located in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras. Beneficio Santa Rosa was founded in 2005 to facilitate the commercialization and export of high quality coffee from the western region of Honduras. Through an innovative partnership with TechnoServe (a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to overcome poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets), Beneficio Santa Rosa formed Mejoramiento Agrícola Sostenible (MAS), a project that supports more than 6,000 coffee producers with technical assistance resulting in higher quality coffee and increased income for producers, while protecting the environment. Beneficio Santa Rosa is also firmly invested in community development as one of the founding members of Amigos del Café, an organization established to assist coffee producers with education, medical assistance and food security.
A very fresh arrival and a tasty one. A bit sweeter than previous years with a predominate chocolaty base tone ranging from smooth and delicate to rough and semi-sweet dependent on roast level. Lighter roasts will see a little citric edge with a hint of floral but not much for chocolaty factor. Medium roasts are nicely balanced and very smooth; lower acidity and good body. Darker roasts get more bakers chocolate and semi-sweet with a smoky aftertaste.
An easy and versatile coffee to roast, medium to dark. A faster roast will highlight the brighter, clean flavor notes. Preferred at a medium roast for an all day drinker, darker if you want something more potent to pop those eyes open in the morning or if you tend to corrupt the cup with a little cream and sugar.