Honduras La Cueva - Partners Coffee
Partners Coffee Roasters - Honduras La Cueva
Originally discovered in sourcing work for our Elevate project, the special-selection coffees of Roger Dominguez return for the second year on our single origin menu.
Beyond producing a sweet and crisp espresso, the goal of Elevate is to extend the circumference of our sourcing program -- a way to explore new origins for quality coffee. Coffees like this, La Cueva, represent the ongoing goal of the program: beginning to work with farmers capable of, and committed to, producing delicious coffee and then celebrating the finest of their work on our single-origin menu.
This special single-cultivar selection of catuai comes from Roger Antonio Dominguez Marquez. Finca La Cueva is in the municipality of Marcala in the department of La Paz, the heart of Honduras's Montesillo region. The farm is 6 manzanas (about 4.2 hectares, or 7 NFL fields). He grows coffee throughout, interspersed with many different fruit trees, including oranges, lemons, and mandarins. The farm is named for a cave which exists on the farm, where it is believed that indigenous people once lived during the pre-Columbian period.
At harvest, Roger promptly depulps and sets the coffee to ferment in-water for 18 hours. It then undergoes multiple washes with fresh water to ensure a thorough removal of the mucilage. Drying is controlled and lasts for an average period of 15 days. In addition to coffee from his own farms, Roger also processes, dries, and allows market accessibility for neighboring producers. Roger has enjoyed some successes in producing specialty coffee and is excited to continue to innovate on his farm, including the introduction of new cultivars and experimentations in processing.
This year, after visiting Roger and his operations in Marcala last February, we've purchased even more of his coffee. This is La Cueva's second appearance on our menu and we will also be releasing a special natural-process coffee from another of his farms later this year. Mixed coffees from Roger's general production and those of his neighbors will also be core components of our Elevate and Brooklyn blends this year.
La Cueva is a lovely example of the quality possible in Honduras. A departure from the flavors typically associated with the profile of the country, this coffee is bright and round with pronounced citric and malic acidities, light caramel sweetness, and a nice assortment of pleasant spiced fruit and milk chocolate flavors.
|Source||Finca La Cueva|
|Producer||Roger Antonio Dominguez Marquez|
|Tasting Notes||Baked Apple, Cinnamon, and Starfruit|
|Region||Montesillos region. Marcala, La Paz, Honduras|
|December to March 2019|
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