Honduras El Puente
Honduras El Puente
Orange, Plums, Brown Sugar
Producer: Marysabel Caballero & Moises Herrera
Region: Chinacla, La Paz, Honduras
Altitude: 1500 masl
Processing: Fully washed
Recommended for: Filter
Finca El Puente
4 years ago, we roasted a coffee from Honduras for our home barista friend, Hee Wei, who competed using this coffee at the 2013 Singapore National Barista Competition. He came in a very respectable 2nd runner-up and we were thrilled. This achievement and the coffee left us with many fond memories ever since. That coffee was from Finca El Puente, from a lot named, La Matilde.
Finca El Puente, a farm situated in the Marcala region of Honduras, is owned by Marysabel Caballero and her husband Moises Herrera. Marysabel is the fourth generation of a coffee family. The coffee cultivation in her family dates back to around 1907, when Marysabel's great-grandfather Felipe García began growing and planting coffee. Marysabel's grandfather, Arsaces Garcia, started to work in his father’s farm at a very young age. He got married with Argentina Argueta, and had 9 children. Marysabel's mother, Sandra Isabel Garcia was the 8th child and she married Don Fabio Antonio Caballero Martínez, in 1970. In 1971, Arsaces decided to sell some of his farms. In order to keep things in the family, Marysabel's parents bought a few of these farms.
The history of Finca El Puente is deeply connected to the arrival of Moisés Herrera to Marcala in 1992. Moises arrived from Guatemala as an employee of a Guatemalan coffee exporter, he started to buy land in the area called “La Piedrona,” (the Boulder) in the municipality of Chinacla because he saw that it had the altitude and conditions similar to coffee-growing regions in Guatemala that he felt could produce good quality coffee. Marysabel and Moises got married in 1996 and had two boys. Together they began the planting and cultivation of coffee at the farm. Since Moises and Marysabel started Finca El Puente, their goal is to produce and process the best quality. This means looking for better varieties, finding the best micro-climates, and taking good care of the soil, as well as the different processes that can obtain the best characteristics in the cup. In the farm, they cultivate different varieties such as Catuai, Bourbon, Pacas, Pacamara, and lately, Gesha, Java, Mokka. They are continuously looking for more potential varieties. Finca El Puente is the name of all 30 different lots in the farm. The lots are all at different altitudes, micro climates and sizes.
This year, with the help of a friend, we managed to reach out to Marysabel directly. We were very excited when she expressed interest to work with us and so their coffees get to be showcased in Singapore. After cupping some samples from this year's harvest, we made a selection of 3 lots. One of them left us with huge impression and we knew we had to get it regardless. This beautiful coffee is a Java varietal, and it was a very small lot. We managed to secure only 30kg for ourselves.
So why was this coffee so special? It was bursting with florals when we cupped it. Loads of jasmine notes coupled with sweet lemon-like acidity. It was also super sweet. After roasting this coffee, we are surprised that there is even more complexity in the cup. We're getting layers of orange, green tea, matcha and every sip is coated by gentle jasmine notes. This coffee also has a milky texture that enhances the overall drinking experience. So elegant, so delightful, and we want to share it with you.