As one of the founding members of CAFESMO, our exporting partner in Honduras, Carlos is constantly seeking ways to be innovative whilst also assisting his fellow producers. He is also currently the mayor of his small town, and the president of a member committee within CAFESMO.
Throughout the past century, coffee has historically been one of Honduras’ leading exports (alongside bananas), and since the mid-2000s, total annual coffee production has grown in leaps and bounds. During the 2009/10 crop year, Honduras produced approximately 3.6 million bags of Arabica coffee (already a big increase over 1999/2000). By 2014/2015, the country had become Central America’s top grower (and number 7 in the world), with a yield of over 5 million bags (all Arabica varietals). With the highest production per capita in the world and various business drivers keeping the industry growing, experts agree that it wouldn’t be surprising for the country to reach 8 million bags in the foreseeable future. All in all, the story is clear: Honduras is an excellent coffee-producing country with a plethora of untapped potential for specialty lots.