Cooperativa Las Capucas, Copan, Honduras
He’s 47 years old, he is married with Oneyda Suyapa Romero and has 4 children; producer since his childhood with his father Alfredo Lara Paz, has a proprietary system, used for the wet processing, a water storage tank, fermentation tanks, a channel selection covered with ceramics, a solar dryer. Since 1999 he is among the first members of the Las Capucas Cooperative, Copan, Honduras. His plantation stretches over 7 hectares at an altitude of about 1350 meters above sea level. As in all of the cooperative, the coffee is harvested by hand; Jose Isidoro does all the work of removing the pulp and the selection and fermentation process at his finca.
Recently he began to prepare coffee with honey process after running in cooperative tests and experiments that have yielded excellent results. All of its 10 manzanas are certified Rainforest Alliance and Biolatina Ecologica (organic). The plantation is divided into two parts, the largest is located in Azaharillo, always in Las Capucas. Here several species of trees, including pine and Guama to shade coffee, grow. To diversify its income, Isidoro has also planted some hardwood species including: gravillea, cedar, mahogany and cedar of the Indies. Numerous species of birds and animals inhabit the plantation: doves, woodpeckers, kingfishers, squirrels, deer, rabbits. The varieties of coffee grown here are Caturra and Catuai.
The smaller portion of the Finca is El Manguito and it is where there are Guama, gravillea, rosado cedar, espino cedar and mango. To work at his farm he uses only a machete and hand tools. Driven by the desire to be a high-quality coffee producer Isidoro has built its comprehensive beneficiamento station patios for drying and it is where he’s improving with experience, its selection. His coffees are Finca El Manguito Washed and Finca El Manguito Honey Process.