PROJECT 121: HONDURAS JACOBO VILLANUEVA
Together with Bennetts, we are proud to be part of Project 121, a joint initiative with the COCAFELOL Cooperative aimed at connecting coffee growers directly with coffee roasters. Through Project 121, we are able to source fully traceable specialty microlots with a direct connection to the producer who cultivates the particular coffee.
We are really excited to introduce our first coffee from Project 121, sourced from Portillo #1 farm owned and managed by Jacobo Villanueva in the Ocotepeque region of western Honduras. The Pacas – Catuai varietal of coffee is planted on a farm that spans seven hectares at an altitude of 1,400MASL and is inter-planted with orange, lemon, paterna, peach as well as other trees.
Portillo #1 farm is fairtrade and organic certified: coffee waste generated from processing is used to make an organic fertiliser that can be used on foliage to help trees that are suffering from leaf rust.
The microlot is produced with great care and consideration to quality. The coffee is hand-harvested, transported to the COCAFELOL wet mill where it is pulped, washed and dried on raised beds, before being transported to Beneficio Santa Rosa for export and delivery to our roastery here in South Melbourne.