The Sagastume family has been farming coffee for many decades, headed by Don Pedro Sagastume. Now, as Pedro grows older, he has divided his farms in multiple plots for his sons to take ownership and leadership in their own work. Nevertheless, this is a family effort, all the wet processing and drying happens centrally around the family home, with the sons and their families living only a stone’s throw away.
This Parainema comes from a plot on the ¨El Ocote¨ farm, managed by Yeltsin, the second of Pedro’s three sons. Parainema is a cultivar that has gained recent popularity in Honduras where it was developed in the El Paraiso region. This cultivar was specifically developed to combat nematoides which are present in the soil and can affect root systems of coffee plants limiting the nutritional intake. On higher elevations this coffee also proved to have outstanding yield and cup quality. The profile is quite different from other varieties and is distinguished by a silky body and fresh herbal notes
The family has worked tirelessly to obtain their spot in the specialty coffee market through research, investing in the right infrastructure, and the development of new plots. The highlights of these investments are the expansion of the solar dryers as well as plots planted with Gesha, Pacamara and SL28 varieties, which will produce for the first time in the 2021 harvest.
Region: Santa Barbara
The Honduran Department of Santa Barbara is one of the country’s 18 departments. It stretches from the border with Guatemala into the central mountain highlands. The Reserva de Vida Silvestre Montaña Verde wild animal preserve and the Santa Barbara Mountain are two of the main natural features of the department.
To the east of the Santa Barbara mountain, covered in primary rainforest filled with rich biodiversity, the shores of Lake Yojoa form part of the department’s borders. This region of Honduras is rich with smallholder agricultural production and far removed from the sprawling cities of San Pedro Sula to the north and the capital Tegucigalpa to the southeast.
The verdant mountains of Santa Barabara are part of three of Honduras’ coffee growing regions: Copan, Opalaca, and Montecillos. Temperatures range from 12-22 degrees Celsius throughout the year and shade trees over coffee include fruit trees, such as guava, and forest hardwoods, such as pine.