CAFFÈ POLI "HONDURAS FINCA RIO COLORADO" | Intriguing Complex
|Region||Santa Rosa de Copan, west Honduras|
|Sensory analysis||Honey, Bergamot Black tea, Sweet Liquorice aroma|
100% recyclable cardboard box containing 10 individually packaged, rice paper, 100% compostable, single-portion pods of the famous and prestigious Finca Rio Colorado Honduras: purchased by Umami Area Honduras in 2017, it is the first step of a an entrepreneurial sustainability project in the production of high quality Arabica beans. The plants on a plot of about 46 hectares are quite old, so using DNA analysis, U.A.H. is determining the exact botanical variety for a repopulation project. The taste ranges from biscuit to black tea notes, and from citrus to honey. It has a moderate acidity and a harmonic profile resulting in a taste which is not bitter. Each pod is individually packaged in 100% recyclable material, to ensure the highest quality and the maximum freshness, whilst ensuring the utmost respect for the environment.
Finca Rio Colorado is the first plantation of the project Umami Area Honduras SA de CV. Acquired in 2017, the plantation represents the first stage of a Sustainability Entrepreneurship project aimed at producing quality Arabica coffee. The plantation stretches over approximately 46 hectares of land. Two rivers mark its northern and southern boundaries: the rio Rauco and the Rio Colorado. The rivers meet at the southernmost border of the plantation and into the nearby city of Corquin. The Arabica plants grown in this land are rather old. With an estimated age of 40 years, they were among the first to be planted in this area. Umami Area Honduras is working alongside Trieste’s DNA- Analytical laboratory to undertake DNA analysis and identify the botanical variety in order to start a repopulation project and set up a nursery to grow the plants.
The plantation is adjacent to Celaque National Park, a UNESCO universal heritage site which contains the most important stretch of protected forest for this Central American Country. Deforestation is banned inside the park and the majority of indigenous local communities depend on the production of coffee for their livelihoods. The Finca Celaque project aims to give work to nearby local communities, providing livelihood support particularly during times of the year when no ripe crops are harvested. Arabica is currently grown in the plantation, with varieties including Bourbon, Typica, Catuaì, Lempira, IHACFE 90 and fruits ripening from October until March. The technical staff of the local COCAFCAL Cooperative of Las Capucas and local plantation workers have started to upgrade their farming practices in order to certify their coffee as organic.