Beneficio Santa Rosa is the powerhouse of western Honduras, boasting one of the most state-of-the-art dry mill operations in all of Central America. It starts with location. Santa Rosa de Copan has mild weather conditions, which makes for an ideal warehouse location for resting parchment and preparing coffee for export. Copan is the second largest growing region in Honduras, which means Beneficio Santa Rosa is well situated to receive coffee from many excellent sources. Most importantly, Beneficio Santa Rosa has a fully staffed cupping lab equipped to cup through thousands of samples and identify the potential for every coffee that is received. So it should be no surprise that Beneficio Santa Rosa has delivered an exceptional number of “Top Tier” micro-lots for Royal this season.
This lot comes from the collaboration of producers organized around the Unión de Organizaciones Ocotepecanas de Café (UNIOCAFE) a cooperative located in Sinuapa a municipality within the department of Ocotepeque, Honduras. UNIOCAFE was founded in 2000 and it currently has fifty members of which twenty are women. Members of UNIOCAFE use their own micro-mill to process harvested cherries, which allows for meticulous care in sorting, depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee.