Carrier Roasting Co.
Honduras José Angel Velasquez #1
Whole bean coffee
We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.
Department: Santa Bárbara
Municipality: Las Vegas
Producer: José Angel Velasquez Martinez
Farm Name: Finca Flor de Izote
Dry Mill: Beneficio San Vicente
Altitude: 1620 meters
Tasting notes: Brazil nut, pear, marzipan, vanilla
José Angel Velasquez owns a small farm in Santa Bárbara, Honduras. Of his 7 hectare farm, only 0.52 hectares is planted with coffee. He maintains 2.8 hectares for natural conservation, and the remainder is planted with vegetables or left uncultivated. José’s production is very limited and for the last three years we’ve bought every bit of it that we can.
With such small scale comes numerous challenges along the path to quality. José does not have his own wet mill. After picking he uses the depulper at a neighboring farm, then transports the depulped seeds two hours by pack animal to his house for fermentation. He ferments in plastic barrels for approximately 15 hours, before he washes the coffee in the same barrels with plenty of fresh water to remove the mucilage. A neighbor lets him dry his coffee in their solar drying house for 10 - 15 days.
Like many small producers in the area, José delivers his dry parchment coffee to the Beneficio San Vicente, owned by the Paz family, for dry milling and export. Trained cuppers grade each delivery and provide the producer with direct quality feedback. When a lot surpasses a very high quality threshold it is kept separate for single producer micro-lot distinction. Benjamín Paz will then help the producer connect with a buyer who will pay top prices. Benjamín has been doing great work for years helping local producers realize the quality of their coffee and matching them with the right buyer. This is how we started working with José. Without Benjamín and his team, a tiny producer like José and a tiny roaster like us may never cross paths.
This year we were able to get three times as much coffee from José as in previous years. We bought two distinct lots, lot #1 is from the early period of the harvest and gives us comforting flavors of brazil nut, pear, marzipan, and vanilla.
After this harvest was already wrapped up, our partners in Honduras suffered a horrendous disaster at the hands of Hurricanes Eta and Iota. Many producers lost their homes and farms, and some of the displaced are still missing. Benjamín Paz of Beneficio San Vicente, in partnership with Kevin Bohlin of Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco, started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for families that lost their homes, which is still accepting donations.
This is our third year buying from José Angel Velasquez. Our friend Todd Mackey at Olam Specialty Coffee has helped us facilitate the direct purchase of José’s coffee since 2018. We scored this lot an 86 and purchased 1 69kg bags for $4.15/lb FOT, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.04/lb.
Photo Credit: Beneficio San Vicente