Gloria Esperanza Mejia is the owner of a small farm called Las Palmas, in the Copan region of Honduras. Gloria, her husband and her daughter all live on the farm and do most of the farm work themselves. Despite having no agronomy training or experience producing coffee, Gloria was forced to take over management of the farm in 2011, after her husband severely injured his back and was no longer able to work. Shortly after she took over management, the farm was decimated by coffee leaf rust. Due to the disease, for two years running, Gloria wasn’t able to produce one exportable bag from her harvest, and was very close to giving up on coffee. Gloria decided to join the Falcon Specialty Agronomy Project, which meant Simon and the Aruco technical team visited Las Palmas on a weekly basis to coordinate picking at the farm.
In conjunction with Gloria and Aruca, we made an 8 bag washed lot, and 1 bag of black honey, which totals around 50% of Gloria’s annual total production. Since the advice and training Gloria received, her coffee has risen a staggering 9 points - up to 87 based on SCAA cup scoring - and she is receiving 167% more for her coffee.
Process: Black Honey SCAA: 87
Notes: Cherry, Strawberry and pineapple, juicy lemon acidity and notes of dark chocolate with a fresh hazelnuts finish
Process: ~Yellow Honey SCAA: 87
Notes: Golden raisin and black tea, notes of honey biscuit and a medium body