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Fair Trade Coffee from Honduras

Honduras borders Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and the North Pacific and the Caribbean Sea. The country is characterized by a mountain range running from east to west. The majority of the population lives in the highlands in the north-west of the capital Tegucigalpa. In the valleys near the Caribbean coast are numerous banana plantations. Honduras has a tropical climate. Only in the higher regions is a moderate weather. Honduras is home to the largest contiguous rainforest in Central America, as well as the second-largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. Besides the spectacular flora, Honduras also impresses with its diverse animal world. Numerous species such as monkeys, crocodiles, jaguars and ocelots are found in Honduras.

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Coffee Growing

Bananas have long been the main export product of Honduras. In the 60s, the yellow fruits made up about 50% of all exports coming from Honduras. After serious intervention of the government concerning production and marketing, the export of bananas, however, dropped significantly.

In turn, the exported amount of coffee increased and Honduras became the sixth largest exporter of Arabica coffee beans. It was also a coffee farmer from the municipality Capucas, Omar Rodriguez, who initiated the Cooperativa Limitada Cafetalera Capucas (COCAFCAL). The idea behind this project was to share knowledge about the cultivation and marketing of coffee with the local farmers. Over the past few years, more and more farmers joined the organization to form an effective network of knowledge and ideas. The daily work of COCAFCAL contributes significantly to the improvement of living conditions and the reduction of poverty.

The members of COCAFCAL invest a lot of love and dedication in the production of organic and fairtrade coffee. The result is one of Honduras' best coffees.

Fair Trade Projects

The General Board of COCAFCAL currently consists of 10 members - 9 of them are women. In close cooperation with the individual members the General Board decides on individual projects.

Social & Health

Money generated from the Fairtrade initiative has been invested in a library. The institution offers both adults and children alike access to literature and learning materials as well as 11 computers and printers. Apart from IT courses, the COCAFCAL also launched programs to help with homework and to encourage sports participation in children.

Education & Training

In addition to the expansion of primary schools COCAFCAL awards children of members with scholarships allowing them access to higher education. Courses in IT, environmental and social complement the training programs.

Economics

In close cooperation with local organizations the COCAFCAL supports the poorest of the poor with the construction of so-called organic kitchen gardens. These gardens offer families the opportunity to grow nutritious vegetables throughout the entire year. This helps when money is tight in the months outside of the annual coffee harvesting time. The COCAFCAL works tirelessly to improve the working conditions for everyone involved.

Optimizing Quality & Production

Special training programs help local farmers both increase the production of beans as well as the efficiency of their operations. Another program is based on the development of an organic fertilizer, in order enhance the yields for organic farming. Additional programs help source inexpensive trees for expanding operations and starting new farms. Working to constantly improve the quality of the coffee in the region is central to the projects initiated by the COCAFCAL.

Health

57 physicians per 100,000 inhabitants is the appalling medical record for Honduras. COCAFCAL invested parts of Fair Trade money in qualified doctors to expand medical availability and ensure permanent medical care for all workers.

Women

The COCAFCAL supports the training an education of women in the region to become experts in all aspects of the coffee industry. Small loans are granted to projects like beekeeping and tourism to support an independent income.

Gourmesso Fairtrade

You will find Fairtrade certified coffee produced by the Cooperativa Limitada Cafetalera Capucas in our Latino Mezzo Lungo and our Blend Ristretto Forte. When you enjoy Gourmesso Fair Trade coffee you are supporting local farmers around the globe, and contributing to projects unique and enriching for all participants. Together with you, we at Gourmesso would like to contribute to the Fair Trade movement and promote a fair cooperation for everybody involved. In our Gourmesso Online Shop you can find a variety of Fair Trade products which will deliver the different flavors from around the world directly to your home.

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