Honduras - Finca El Ocotal
Roast profile : LIGHT-MEDIUM
Region : El Zanate (village), San Sebastián Municipality, Lempira Department/State, Department/Region, Honduras.
Country : Honduras
Elevation : 1929 masl
Varietal : Catuai
Process : Washed
Tasting Notes : Fresh fruit aromas and flavors, peach, plum, and strawberry, juicy body and clean and sweet finish.
Tomás is a coffee producer born in 1978 in the village of El Zanate, San Sebastián, Lempira, and has been producing coffee full time for about 10 years.
In the beginning, it was not easy, as he comes from a poor family that was only able to
afford to send him to school for the first time when he was 8 years old. With much effort, Tomás completed his basic studies, graduating from sixth grade at age 14. After he finished school, his father decided to move to San Marcos de Ocotepeque with hopes of improving their lives and better job prospects.
Tomás worked there as a day-laborer cleaning coffee farms, making nurseries, fertilizing, and picking coffee during the harvest seasons. While doing all of this, he always told himself that one day, and with the help of God, he would become a coffee producer as well. Even though the dream seemed very far away, his desire to acquire a small plot of land kept him working very hard.
At the age of 20, he met his wife María Isidra and started their family of six children. At the same time, Tomás learned to grow potatoes, cabbage, and other vegetables, which
helped him to provide more food to his family.
Nearly 10 years later, Tomás decided to return to El Zanate to start his own coffee farm
with a small lot of only five hundred trees, and after a few years of struggle, he finally
started to see some profits that allowed him to plant more coffee and build his house.
Thanks to his long-time commitment and the help of his family, his farm El Ocotal has
provided enough for them to get other small plots of land to keep cultivating more
This, plus the changes he has implemented in his farming practices around 7 years ago
when he started receiving technical assistance from Boncafé’s field team, has had a very positive change in his coffee production and quality as well has caring for his finca in a more sustainable way.
Today, he still lives in the community El Zanate, and is looking forward to learning and
producing more coffee. He’s hopeful that the future crops help him achieve his news
goals which include house improvements and to buy his first vehicle.