This coffee takes its name from a town called San Marcos Ocotepeque. San Marcos is located in a valley where all of the coffees grown in the surrounding mountains (cordilleras) get funnelled to and collected. Inaginsa is the only exporter that has a complete milling station in the area, and because of that, the risk of a fermented cup, on the green coffee beans they deliver, is minimized.
No one knows for sure exactly when coffee first reached Honduras, but it is believed that seeds arrived from Costa Rica between 1799 and 1804, amongst the goods brought by travelling merchants. Today, Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America, and the industry plays an important role within the national economy.
Despite the huge scale of its annual coffee production and great potential for both growth and quality development, in the Central American coffee hall of fame, Honduras is rarely found at centre stage – a mantle more likely coveted by its neighbours, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. And yet on paper, the reputation of Honduras should be up there with those countries, since it has the same conditions to produce very good coffees: high altitude, volcanic and fertile soils, an ideal climate and plenty of expertise.
Unfortunately, a lack of investment and inadequate infrastructure means that we must work extra hard to find the best coffees that Honduras offers.
Estate: Villa Nueva
Varieties: Lempira, Catuai
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1400 masl