HONDURAS SAN RAFAEL: Specialty Coffee Roasted at Meron



Explore the tasting notes of a single origin specialty coffee sourced from Honduras freshly roasted in our coffee lab, at Meron Roastery. Here is some cool info about the coffee and the farm.


The farm

Laguna de Ayarza (Lake Ayarza) is a crater lake in the Santa Rosa department of Guatemala. It is known locally as Laguna Azul (Blue Lake). Lake Ayarza was formed around 20,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. The lake has a surface area of 14km² and is located at 1,400masl. 

According to local legend, the true nature of the lake is far more mysterious. Some say it is connected to ocean, the actual depth is unknown and that an expedition to find the bottom ended in tragic failure. We do know Lake Ayarza is in a remote location and access is difficult. This means it has remained in pristine condition with only around 10 houses built around its edge. 


The farmer

Norma Iris Fiallos Calidonio is a coffee producer from Corquín, Honduras. The woman inherited the farm in 1982, and today she is a member of the Aruco cooperative, which provides support at all stages of growing microlots.

Within its farm, Norma aims to create an open tourist space that will be a haven for coffee travelers from around the world. Together with her family, the woman researches the best management practices on coffee plantations and implements them on her plot. 



In Honduras, the harvest period lasts from February to March.

After harvesting, the berries are washed and cleaned of fluorides. The ripest and high-quality cherries are sent to the patio, where they are evenly laid out for drying, regularly mixed and calibrated. Special drying canopies are used for drying – the so-called “African beds”.


The processing

Natural treatment lasts about 3-4 weeks and is one of the longest methods. The coffee is dried until the skin of the berries acquires a pronounced dark color, and the grain is completely separated from the dried pulp, which can be heard by the characteristic tapping of the grain in the middle of the dried shell. Drying lasts until the moisture content in the grain reaches 12%. 

After drying, the berries are collected in bags so that the grain exchanges moisture.

The last stage – the grain is sent to the haler to remove all the upper layers.


Our Head of Sourcing on this coffee

This natural process Parainema varietal from San Rafael farm it’s a joy for us.

Its intense red fruits character combined with vibrant citric acidity and some delicate notes of alcohol like banana liquor from the process are completed by a sweet and long honey finish.

This unique coffee was our favorite from Honduras this year and we are proud to be able to share it with our #peopleofMeron



Take a look at the cup profile:

Country of origin: Honduras

Farmer: Norma Iris Fiallos

Farm: San Rafael

Region: Occidente, Copan

Varieties: Parainema

Elevation: 1350m

Proc. Method: Natural Dried

Tasting notes: strawberry, banana liquor, sweet orange, honey


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