Honduras COMUCAP Fair Trade Organic
COMUCAP (Asociación Coordinadora de Mujeres Campesinas de La Paz) is a women’s cooperative located in southwestern Honduras, in the Marcala growing region. The association collectively owns over 100 hectares of farm land, as well as a wet mill, drying patios, cupping and roasting rooms, and an organic compost production facility. Thanks to the success of the association, many of the members have been able to purchase their own land where they cultivate additional coffee and other crops.
When we visited the co-op a few years ago, we were impressed with the infrastructure the women had built to produce high quality coffee and other unique products. The association also grows aloe vera, in the cooler, higher-elevation areas that are not suitable for coffee. The group uses the aloe vera to produce an assortment of products ranging from soap to beverages for domestic distribution.
The co-op provided funding for a young woman to become a trained coffee taster. Previously the association employed an outside cupper to offer feedback on coffee quality. Now they have one of their own to focus on the sensory evaluation needed to improve quality, enabling the group to begin work on variety separation and micro-lot production. We plan to visit again in early 2019 and are excited to see the progress they’ve made.