Altitude: 1300 MASL
Location: Tarruza, Acosta
Variety: Caturra, Catuai
Owner: Collective of 1100 families
Harvest: October – January
Process: Honey processed
This lot of honey processed coffee has been harvested from the farms of ASOPROAAA member producers. Members deliver their coffee to the ASOPROAAA mill in Acosta where it is separated, to ensure traceability, and processed using either the washed, honey or natural methods. ASOPROAA utilize raised beds and patios to sun-dry. The coffee is processed, stored and dry milled at the ASOPROAAA mill. The Association of Agricultural Producers of Acosta and Asserí, ASOPROAAA, was established in September 1998, following the devastating destruction in the region by Hurricane Mitch.
The association consists of more than 1,100 families producing coffee, citrus and farming cattle in the areas of Acosta, Jorco and Palmichal. ASOPROAAA offers financial, commercial and technical assistance to members, and employs dedicated programs to improve the livelihoods of members of the community. More than 2000 houses were built for people with limited resources as part of a special program initiated by the association.
ASOPROAAA has been influential in the revival of agricultural production in the area following Hurricane Mitch, and a pioneer in the processing of micro lots by its members. Lots from ASOPROAAA have won numerous quality awards in addition to regularly placing in the finals of the Cup of Excellence competition.