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Honduras

Coffee growth for the country

Honduras is a country with an important coffee growing industry.

What you should know about Honduras as a coffee origin

  1. It is one of the eight coffee origins that make up the Two Oceans coffee geography
  2. It has 15 coffee growing regions, each with its own differentiated cup profile.
  3. 100% of its production is of the arabica species (coffea arabica).
  4. 15.50% of the cultivated land, 307,000 hectares, is planted with coffee trees.
  5. The most cultivated arabica varietals are Caturra, Catuaí, Pacas, Typica, Lempira IHCAF-90 and Parainema.
  6. Its production is smallholder, with thousands of families dedicated to and dependent on its cultivation.
Views of Copan mountains at sunset.
  1. Honduran coffee has a protected designation of origin – PDO: Marcala
  2. At Mare Terra Coffee we import and distribute the Terras range of coffee produced in Honduras.
  3. It is the sixth largest coffee producer in the world.
  4. The cultivation of coffee began in its territory at the beginning of the 19th century
  5. Harvests coffee from October to March and exports coffee from December to May.
  6. The traditional and most entrenched method of processing coffee is called Lavado
  7. Most coffee plantations in Honduras are cultivated between 950 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
  8. The standard size of green coffee bags in the country is 69 kilos, at Mare Terra Coffee we pack it, depending on the quality, in 60 kg, 30 kg and 5 kg
  9. The five main importing countries of Honduran coffee are: Germany, Belgium, United States, France and Italy.

World Producer

15

Coffee Regions

103

One thousand coffee growers

307

My Hectares with Coffee Trees

The mountainous condition of Honduras contributes beneficially to the cultivation of coffee.

Coffee cultivation in Honduras

The topography of the Honduran territory is complex and unfavorable, 80% of the national territory is classified as mountainous, and the country is characterized by steep gorges, valleys alternating with rivers, mountains and abysses.

In spite of these obstacles, the difficult terrain and mountainous conditions contributed to the cultivation of coffee.

Honduras has six ecosystems: humid, cloud, dry, mangroves, pine forests and rainforests. It is a country with great biological diversity. It has more than eight thousand species of plants, seven hundred species of birds and a great variety of insects and mammals, which creates optimal conditions for the cultivation of coffee.

The soils where Honduran coffee is grown are mainly mountainous soils, with relief, they are not rich in minerals since they are not volcanic soils, but their altitudes allow the coffee to develop in perfect conditions.

Honduras is a tropical country, located along the northern coast of the Caribbean Sea, its climate is warm and rainy throughout the year with a tendency to monsoon. It is characterized by high temperatures throughout the year, although the climate varies according to the region. The average is around 16º C (61º F) to 20º C (68º F) in the mountains, this warm climate is what complements the good development of coffee trees at high altitudes.

Copán coffee growers working the land with houses and mountains around them

Honduras has been a coffee producer and exporter since the beginning of the 19th century, and the country's economy revolves around this product.

Coffee in Honduras is the backbone of a dynamic sector with great growth potential in terms of productivity, quality and prices.
The great challenge that the Honduran coffee economy has to face in order to continue being thriving is to transfer its benefits to the social context of the coffee producer, thus stimulating rejuvenation and advancing towards 5-5 equity.

  • Coffee accounts for 20% of total Honduran exports
  • Coffee’s contribution to Honduras’ agricultural GDP is 31.69%.
  • The average farm size per producer is less than 2 hectares
  • The equity rate in coffee production in Guatemala is 8.4 to 1.6 (84% men and 16% women).
  • The average age of coffee growers is between 40 and 47 years old.

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It is the 6th largest coffee producer in the world, with coffee cultivation in all of its regions

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Honduras, growing land and stable crops

Honduras is a multiethnic country, therefore this makes it a multicultural country, full of nuances with more than twelve thousand years of history, a unique origin in which coffee trees develop full of nuances.

It is bordered to the north by the Caribbean Sea, to the south by El Salvador and the Gulf of Fonseca, to the east by Nicaragua, to the southwest by El Salvador and to the west by Guatemala. Honduras is a mountainous country where coffee smokes intense aromas among its beautiful and picturesque houses, parks and main streets.

Honduran coffees in cup are smooth, robust and sweet. Its profile may vary according to the region in which it has been grown due to the wide range of climatic conditions and soils available in the country. Normally, Honduran coffees are aromatic and sweet, with notes of chocolate, caramel, citrus and stone fruits; their body is intense and creamy, with a balanced acidity and a persistent aftertaste that leaves a mark on the palate of the drinker.

Related coffee origins

Brazil

Peru

Nicaragua

El Salvador