DROP #006 - WORLD EXCLUSIVE MICRO-LOT BY CARLOS ROBERTO MARTINEZ, TRES CRUCES HONDURAS
Dark Chocolate, Blood Orange, Honey
Grower(s): Carlos Roberto Martinez
Altitude: 1760 MASL
This coffee comes from Carlos Roberto Martinez, an expert coffee producer from Tres Cruces in the Lempira department of Honduras. Carlos has been working in coffee since 1995 when he established a 630 square meter plot with the help of his father Alejandro Martinez. While modest this was the culmination of a dream he held since he was a young child.
Carlos’ farm has since grown to three manzanas total, with 6000 coffee plants distributed over 2 manzanas (1.39 hectares), and an additional manzana planted with fruit trees. He grows a mix of IH90 (40% of the farm), Lempira (40%) and Catimor (20%), with this micro-lot produced from his Catimor plot. He operates with two yearly fertilization on the farm, one in May and one in October, to feed the recovery from fruiting and the growth for the next harvest which runs from January to March.
The coffee is handpicked before being immediately sorted and then depulped. After pulping, Carlos ferments the parchment for around 48 hours while monitoring the internal temperature carefully to ensure it does not rise too high and produce overfermentation defects. From there this lot was transferred to a solar drying table to dry slowly over the next 15 days.
This coffee is part of Keynote Coffee’s drying bed project, with a 15c/lb premium paid to finance the construction of a communal drying station for the producers supplying coffee into the project as well as provision of moisture meters, thermohygrometers and farmer training.
We roast and despatch internet orders on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All orders placed after 11:00 on Thursday will be roasted and despatched the following Tuesday.
All our packaging for the coffee including the inner freshness bag is carbon neutral and can be fully recycled in perpetuity.
SUPPORTING GOOD CAUSES
In addition to various initiatives at origin, a portion of the sales is going towards select Access & Outreach programmes here at home, specifically aimed at underprivileged and underrepresented school-age children to create opportunities and inspire them to strive for educational betterment.