Theory Coffee Roasters Honduras Carminda Vasquez
Taste Notes: | Orange Marmalade / Caramel / Vanilla
Roast Level: Light
Farmer: Carminda Vázquez
Region: Santa Elena
Elevation: 1700 Meters
Carminda Vásquez has a 2-acre farm called El Naranjo in the community of Los Patios where she lives with her husband and 5 children. In prior years, Carminda has sold her family’s coffee in cherry to the local middleman. For the last several years she has been working with Catracha Coffee. During this time, she has improved her farm management practices using lime to control the pH of the soil, fertilizing with organic compost, and spraying organic fungicides to control levels of leaf rust. These actions have improved the health of her farm and the quality of her coffee production. Carminda has also learned to process her coffee using her own micro-mill to depulp, ferment and dry her coffee before delivering it to Catracha Coffee. Carminda plans to use some of the extra income from the sale of her coffee to renovate parts of her farm and improve her wet mill.
Mayra Orellana-Powell founded Catracha Coffee Company to connect her coffee growing community with roasters. Nearly ten years later, Catracha Coffee has gained momentum with more than 80 producers and 20 roasters working together on sustainable relationships and a profit-sharing model, which has consistently paid at least $2.00 per pound directly to producers. This extra income helps increase each producer’s capacity to reinvest in their farm, and overtime, increase their standard of living.