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Jose Francisco (known as Pancho) has entered the Capucas micro-lot competition every year since its inception in 2007, and in 2011 he finally won first place. He submitted a very small lot--only 150 lbs of coffee--the first he'd ever entered under his own farm and family name instead of being blended with a larger coop lot. We were so excited last year to be able to offer Pancho’s coffee that we committed to buying it again.
While visiting Honduras this year, coffee buyer Dan Streetman spent some time with Pancho to learn more about the history of his farm and family. Pancho has been growing coffee for more than 20 years, mostly selling his crop to the local co-op. His wife and five children live on the farm, and the whole family is passionate about coffee. Pancho talked in detail about the equipment and the processes with which his coffee is washed, fermented, and dried. He de-pulps the coffee without water, and ferments it dry for 18-36 hours, depending on the weather. (Colder weather requires longer fermentation times than warmer.) He then uses a minimal amount of water in his washing channels to remove the mucilage, and finally dries the coffee on raised beds. All of this is done by hand, directly on his farm through his “micro-mill”. Pancho's intimate connection to his coffee is an inspiration, and so is this micro-lot Los Plantanares: an inspiration in the cup.
This coffee is certified USDA Organic, meaning its production did not involve the use of synthetic substances such as most pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
This is my second time to purchase Los Planatares. The first time was last month. I typically purchase 4 bags of beans per month, and I like to try a variety of coffees from different locations to develop my palette. (Once I was in Irving Farms, and they asked me what kind of beans I liked...and I had no answer!...thus the adventure!) This coffee is just about one of my favorites. It is rich and full bodied and just what I need in the morning.
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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