Arturo Paz is a prestigious cupper in Honduras , and is also member of the Paz Family, who are specialty coffee exporters. We had a small interview with him, and that’s what he said: “I am part of the third generation of coffee growers in my family. My grandfather Cantalicio Paz, was one of the first coffee farmers in the Lake Yojoa area, and my father and uncles have continued harvesting coffee in San Vicente de la Nieve, Santa Bárbara. Six years ago I decided to buy my own farm because I love coffee and I want to continue my family tradition.”
What can you tell us about the process?
To improve quality, pickers are very meticulous and just harvest the ripe cherry. Wet milling is implemented promptly and the beans are dried on patios and then are stored in Grain-Pro bags at 10.5% moisture.
We cup the coffee separately, which is how we know how to build and prepare the lots.
Why is this lot special?
Simply put, its flavor, the flavor that nature provides to the Santa Bárbara’s coffee; our work is just to do a proper process in order to allow the coffee to express its flavor.
Have you ever participated in Cup of Excellence?
Yes, it is my 2nd time as a COE participant, and I have a lot of experience in the preparation of micro-lots; I have been selling my coffee to 49th Parallel Coffee.
|Farm Name||La Colmena (2015)|
|Farmer/Rep.||Angel Arturo Paz Ramirez|
|Size (30kg boxes)||31|
|Aroma/Flavor||Peach, floral, tangerine, molasses, milk chocolate, caramel, watermelon, earl gray tea, cinnamon, melted butter, sweet rock candy|
|Acidity||Malic, wine notes, bright and crisp|
|Other||Thick viscous body, bush honey, floral, plum, fresh tobacco finish|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||2046|
|High bidders||KAFFA as, Oslo|