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Honduras - Cerro Azul: Red Catuai, Washed.

The Mierisch family have been growing coffee for four generations, going on five – in Nicaragua. They have achieved great results with their quality focussed way of farming, and more importantly by reaching out to specialty buyers placing them at the forefront of coffee development.

This farm started life as an experiment for the family. To work here, they went across the border, driving six hours from their home to neighbouring Honduras, despite the travel Erwin saw the amazing potential of the farm. However, he'd also seen a lack of care and attention to detail during the processing stage. This detail is vital to truly special coffee, and Erwin and his family are some of the best-qualified technicians of processing in the industry.

In 2011 they started the project of revitalising Finca Cerro Azul. The farm sits in the region of the national park, Azul Meambar. It's in Siguatepeque, Comayagua, Honduras, and is across Finca El Cielito, Santa Barbara. The farm lies on the other side of Lake Yojoa, and is blessed with micro-climates and conditions which are familiar to the family because those conditions are similar to the ones they experience on their lands in Nicaragua.

Although the climate is similar, the soil is a different matter, as is the plant stock they have inherited, meaning this is the first production they have been happy enough to share with special international friends. We are some of the first to taste the fruits of their hard work and long drives to their new farm.

  1. Country: Honduras
  2. Farm: Finca Cerro Azul
  3. Owners: The Mierisch family
  4. Area: 135 hectares
  5. Elevation: 1,450–1,900 m.a.s.l.
  6. Varietal: Red Catuai
  7. Processing method: Washed