NORMA IRIS FIALLOS, Honduras FILTER juicy, orange, prune, caramel


NORMA IRIS FIALLOS, Honduras FILTER juicy, orange, prune, caramel

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Producer: Norma Iris Fiallos

Region: Copan
Altitude: 1400 masl

Varietal: Maragogipe
Process: Natural

Importer: Falcon Speciality

Cup profile: Juicy, fresh orange, prune, caramel

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This lot has been a long awaited arrival from this year's harvest at San Rafael farm in the Copan region of Honduras, owned and managed by Norma Iris Fiallos. Norma Iris is one of the founding members of a local co-operative – Aruco who has since 2016 been running a coffee quality improvement project run in collaboration with Falcon Speciality (our importing partner). The Falcon team supplied training, technical support and expertise with the aim to improve the overall cup quality and produce high quality microlots at a centralised mill, giving small producers access to global speciality markets and quality price premiums.

As the Falcon team explained, key areas of improvement were in ripe cherry selection and picking, processing and drying. Falcon provided training for the technical staff at the mill on a range of processing methods with aim to achieve quality and maintain longevity.

Norma's farm San Rafael is nestled among a pine forest and all coffee is completely shade grown. Norma grows a vast array of varietals on her farm including Bourbon, Catuai, Parainema and Maragogipe. Cherries from these were picked and processed separately and this lovely lot is of the Maragogipe varietal.

Maragogipe is a mutation of Typica first discovered in Brazil, the plant grows much taller than Typica and yields exceptionally large cherries. Its slow maturing process contributes to complex flavour profiles.

This is our second year of roasting her wonderful coffees and we're excited to share this delicious lot and the programme's success with you.