Farm: Finca La Fortuna
Varietal: 100% IHCAFE90
Processing: Fully washed & dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1,580 metres above sea level
Owner: Jose Orlando Ramirez
Town / City: Jesus de Otoro
Region: Cordillera Montecillos
Finca La Fortuna - Honduras
Jose Orlando Ramirez comes from a long line of coffee producers. In 2004, he married and moved away from his parent’s home and at that time, with his father’s help, he purchased 2.7 hectares of land to begin his new life, cultivating 1.4 hectares of it. Two years later, with a loan from the bank, he expanded cultivation to another 2.8 hectares. Today, the 4.2 hectares of cultivated land are known as ‘Finca La Fortuna’ (The Fortune Farm), which Jose farms with the utmost of care.
Finca La Fortuna is Jose’s sole means of supporting his family (his wife and two young daughters), so he is sure to follow the very best practices to ensure productivity and quality. His efforts are paying off. He recently received a score of 90 points for one of his lots in a regional coffee competition!
Processing is central to Jose’s approach to quality. During the harvest he makes sure that the coffee is selectively hand harvested, with only the ripest cherries being picked at each pass. After picking, the coffee is delivered to the farm’s small wet mill, where it is pulped on the same day it is picked. After pulping, the coffee is fermented and then washed in clean water.
After it is fully washed, the coffee is moved to raised beds dry. The coffee will remain here, being constantly turned and protected from extreme weather until it reaches optimal humidity. After this, the parchment coffee is stored in clean sacks until it is ready to be delivered to the dry mill.
Jose is committed to continue improving the quality of his coffee and hopes to reach ever more customers around the world. He will work to make his own fortune in the specialty coffee world!