This is the 2nd year we’ve purchased coffee from Joaquina Montaya’s farm Los Pinos. We fell in love with the coffee she produced for its delightful refreshing quality & it’s made even more amazing with the fact that she’s done all that despite her physical limitations.
Joaquina belongs to group of producers in the Pozo Negro community of Intibuca, Honduras that Nordic Approach has been working closely with over the last few years. The project is aimed at improving processing facilities within the community & separating exceptional lots, with reinvestment into the mills in mind. This is the 1st year Joaquina’s produced natural processed coffees. She hires around 20 pickers during harvest season but manages everything else revolving the farm by herself & her family. Her coffees are processed at her son’s farm & wet mill, where they’ve constructed raised beds under shade, called solar dryers. She takes absolute control during the drying process, where she spends a lot of time in the preparation & ensuring the moisture content reaches the optimum range of 10%-11%.
Joaquina mostly grows Catuais as well as IH-90 & this is a full Catuai lot. Coffees from Honduras, when grown in the right microclimates, can be much richer & more complex than most coffees from Central American countries. This coffee showcases a refreshing yet sweet acidity, with a thick syrupy mouthfeel.