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Honduras Marcala – Fair Trade OrganicIn Stock: 139 Lbs
Taste: The first thing we noticed when cupping was the surprisingly thick foamy crema our pour-over produced. The taste is earthy, sweet, and rich. Its bright acidity is almost astringent to the palette, but still produces a smooth and fruity finish. And excellent and very drinkable single origin, but would also make a great Espresso blender base (like a Brazil), but with more complexity.
Roast: We love it at Medium Roast as it is full-flavored but not tart. But it roasts very well at Medium/Dark into 2nd crack in an espresso blend.
About: Our first lots from Cooperativa RAOS (Regional de Agricultores Orgánicos de la Sierra) came in 2015, and over the next few years, we have been thrilled to see both the quality and the quantity of these coffees improve. The farms grow primarily Catuai, Caturra, Typica, Bourbon, and Pacas, as well as IHCAFE 90.
While coffees from Honduras have tended to be a little unstable—especially for organic coffee—these growers have had good results. Climate, altitude, and the varieties being grown are all in everyone’s favor, but RAOS stands apart through its attention to detail in processing: RAOS has a central processing station for wet- and dry-milling, which helps improve the consistency and the quality in the cup.