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Honduras El Ocotillo

Dried Apricot Nectarine White Tea

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This lot from El Ocotillo features both Pacas and Bourbon varieties, demonstrating bright stone fruit characteristics and white tea florals with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel.

Product Details

  • Producer: Natividad Benitez
  • Country: Honduras
  • Region: Santa Barbara
  • Elevation: 1800 m.a.s.l.
  • Variety: Pacas, Bourbon
  • Processing Method: Washed
  • Roast Level: Light Filter Roast
Sourcing Story

49th Parallel Crop To Cup Story

In Honduras near the town of Peña Blanca, overlooking the beautiful Lake Yojoa, Natividad Benitez grows both Pacas and Bourbon varieties on his farm El Ocotillo. In 2005, Natividad won the prestigious Honduras Cup of Excellence, a competition that features the best coffees grown in Honduras.

This win not only changed Natividad’s life, but also helped reshape how coffee is produced in the Santa Barbara region. For Natividad, the better price he received for his coffee allowed him to build a small de-pulper and tiled fermentation tanks. Both of these have helped improve the quality of his coffee even more. Since installing them he has constantly worked towards maintaining quality and creating a sustainable farm for himself and his family.

Neighbouring coffee farmers were inspired by the higher price Natividad was getting for his coffee, so they went to him for advice. And with the help of Beneficio San Vicente, the local coffee exporter and agronomy expert, a large number of farmers went from producing commodity grade coffee to producing high quality specialty coffee. Present day, Santa Barbara is now famous for the distinct, delicious coffee it grows.

One of our longest standing relationships, we are happy to share yet another fantastic lot from El Ocotillo.

Brew Guides

Brew Method

Brewing ratio: 1g coffee to 16-17g water / Slurry temperature (coffee+water): 200 - 205 ̊F / 93 - 96 ̊C / Extraction: 20 - 21% / TDS 1.38-1.41%