Honduran Coffee Beans

Coffees grown in Honduras, which borders Nicaragua and Guatemala, generally having tasting notes describing them as full-bodied with a sweet and mild taste. Much of the coffee grown in Honduras historically was fairly unremarkable and often used as a base in coffee blends, however it has emerged as a force in its own right in coffee reviews in recent years and is often sought after.

Growing Altitude: 1200-1650 meters above sea level
Arabica Variety: Catuai, Pacas, Bourbon, Caturra, Typica
Harvest Period: April – October
Milling Process: Washed, Patio Dried
Aroma: Vanilla, Hazelnut
Flavor: City, Chocolatey, Nutty
Body: Round, Medium
Acidity: Soft and Balanced
Honduras Coffee Beans - Medium Roast
Honduras Coffee Beans – Medium Roast

Due to a lack of infrastructure, Honduran coffees were typically sent over to neighbouring Guatemala to earn a higher price. With investment from the government into education and processing techniques, as well as infrastructure such as roads and government programs, Honduran coffees are now recognized the world over – all within a few short years. They can be bought from most large green coffee importers.

Honduras Coffee Grading System

Typically wet processed (washed), Honduran coffees are graded based upon the altitude at which they were grown and classified as either

  1. Strictly High Grown (1,350+ meters above sea level)
  2. High Grown (1,200 to 1,350 meters above sea level)
  3. Central Standard (sub-1,200 meters)

Coffee varietals grown in Honduras include the “old Arabicas” Bourbon and Typica as well as Caturra.

Honduran Coffee Growing Regions

Honduras coffees are grown mostly towards the western side of the country, bordering on Guatemala. Due to still being a fairly emerging market, not many regions are well recognized and most coffee is sold simply labeled from Honduras. Some of the more notable regions include:

  • El Paraiso
  • Comayagua
  • Agalta
  • Montecillos
  • Copan

Honduran unroasted green coffee beans can be sourced from most green coffee importers and brokers, given that the country now produces almost 4% of the coffee world wide. The high growing elevations and investment in the country means that Organic coffees are easy to find, and SHG are not uncommon.

Buying the Best Honduras Coffees

Honduran coffees run the range of soft and nutty to bright and vibrant, making them difficult to identify in blends. More often than not, brands will feature them as their own single origin coffee. When buying roasted beans, we recommend ordering whole bean to best preserve flavor, and making sure you’re ordering from a coffee roaster who offers roasted-to-order so that you get it within days of being roasted, while it’s at its peak flavor. Avoid pre-roasted brands that sit on store shelves or warehouse shelves (eg. grocery store, Amazon) as coffees that are roasted weeks or months prior tend to be stale and relatively tasteless.

Starbucks has featured Honduran coffees through their Starbucks Reserve program.

Honduras Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips

If you want to brew an awesome cup of Honduras coffee see our section on Coffee Brewing. Then check out the taste profiles of Specialty Coffees and detailed instructions on preparing Espresso Drink Recipes.

For step-by-step instructions see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot as well as How to make Lattes and Cappuccinos.

 

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