Producer: Tierra Lenca - Women in Coffee Group
Municipality/Department: Erandique, Lempira
Village: Las Tres Cruces
Elevation: 1,600-1,800 m.a.s.l.
Varieties: IH90, Catuai, Catimor - small amounts of other varieties
Sensory Notes: Vanilla, Honey, Chocolate & cream. Subtle tropical fruits with an easy going citric acidity.
Tierra Lenca is a women's coffee group formed in 2015. Tierra means "land" in Spanish, and Lenca is for the indigenous people of this name from this part of Honduras. The group is led by CEO Aracely Martinez Gomez and is comprised of 18 producers' families in the villages of Tres Cruces, San Andres, La Mina, and Las Moras in Erandique, Lempira. The producers of Tierra Lenca rely mainly on income from coffee production, however they also produce honey and grains.
This coffee is picked and sorted by hand. Coffee cherry is soaked in the fermentation tank overnight and floaters are removed. The next morning, it is depulped. Coffee is soaked in fermentation tanks again until the mucilage is easily removed, then dried on patios or raised beds.
Lempira is a department in western Honduras with secluded, rugged landscapes, including the tallest peak in Honduras, Cerro Las Minas. The department was named Gracias until 1943 and was used as an administrative center for Spaniards during colonial times. It was renamed Lempira for the Lenca cheiftan of the same name who fought the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century.
The town of Erandique, Lempira is surrounded by pine and sweet-gum forests. It serves as a coffee and grain collection and processing point for the higher-elevation villages in the area. It is also well known for its opal mines.
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