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 Paca comes from a plot on the “Los Quetzales¨ farm, managed by Yerin who is the youngest of Pedro´s three sons. This farm is aptly named for the common sighting of the rare Quetzal bird. With cool nights and warm days this 1600masl farm has the ideal microclimate to produce complex and bright coffees, characteristic of the Santa Barbara region
This Honey processed coffee is pulped as soon as the coffee arrives at the family wet mill 30 minutes from the coffee fields. No water is used in the depulping process to maintain all the mucilage on the seeds. The coffee is then dried with the mucilage attached on raised beds in the solar dryer. This process takes up to 20 days during which the coffees are constantly moved.
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.