La Piñona, Honduras
Producer: Sebastián Benitez
Location: Cielito, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Harvest Season: Summer 2018
Tasting Notes: grapefruit, toffee, amaro
We are very excited about the return of Sebastián Benitez's La Piñona. Above the town of El Cielito, overlooking Lake Yojoa, Sebastián grows these Pacas cherries on his farm at 1615 meters above sea level. The cooler temperatures from the lake shrouds the farm in fog, which helps to slow down the maturation of the cherries.
Working the farm with his wife and their 11 children, Sebastián relies on the help of only a handful of employees during the harvest, and manages to do all of the coffee-farming. He also processes his own coffee in a small mill, pulping the coffee by hand, fermenting in tanks, and then drying on raised beds under a parabolic cover.