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Forty years ago, Francisco Portillo planted the first coffee trees on his family land overlooking Lake Yojoa near El Sauce in Santa Barbara. His son Roberto grew up climbing the hillsides and learning about growing coffee. For years their family picked, processed and sold their coffee to local mills focusing on producing volume instead of cup quality, and so moved away from the low-yielding Bourbon trees Francisco had originally planted, and instead opted to grow Lempira.
However, things have been changing over the past decade in Honduras. Santa Barbara is becoming known for great coffees, largely thanks to the work of Angel Arturo Paz of Beneficio San Vicente. In 2012 while Arturo was visiting Roberto on his farm, he noticed the original 40-year-old Bourbon trees, and suggested that they be picked and processed separately from the Lempira. Roberto did just that, and the result is this spectacular coffee. It combines the hallmark qualities of both El Sauce and the Bourbon varietal—a stunning sweetness and complexity.
After cupping the coffee, coffee buyer Dan Streetman wanted to meet Roberto. He offered to purchase the coffee, and asked Roberto what the name of the coffee should be, since they do not traditionally name their farms in this part of Honduras. After some thought, Roberto requested that this coffee be named after his father, Francisco Portillo, whom his family and community called “Don Pancho.”
Available for limited times in small quantities, our carefully curated micro-lots are single origin coffees at their purest. Not only are the beans sourced from one farm, they're sourced from one micro-lot of land on that farm, ensuring a highly consistent flavor and experience. This is a wonderful way to sample the true, amazing potential of coffee. We've selected these lots despite their small quantity because we see something in them that's truly special--and we think you will, too.
True to their name, single origin coffees consist of beans sourced from a farm or community in one, specific region. Seasonal selections from around the world, our line of single origin coffees focuses on the highest quality product from coffee producers who take their work as seriously as we do.
Handcrafted from exceptional single origin coffees, our signature blends are carefully developed in our Hudson Valley roastery to please drinkers day after day, year round.
Offering exceptional flavor to coffee lovers who prefer to go without the caffeine, our Decaf selections stay true to taste with carefully blended, naturally water-processed decaffeinated coffees.
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12oz per week (About enough coffee to brew 10 cups each week.)
12oz every two weeks (About enough coffee to brew 5 cups each week.)
12oz each month (About enough coffee to brew 2 to 3 cups each week.)