HONDURAS LOS POPITOS BY PEDRO ROMERO
CUPPING NOTES: Honey/Plum/Apricot
Well-balanced coffee with a sweet honey aroma and fruity notes of ripe plum, apricot, and a clean, lingering finish.
All our coffees are organic, farmer direct, specialty-grade, high grown, 100% Arabica
Pedro Romero founded Los Popitos in 1989. "Popitos" is a cute name used to refer to the offspring of Sompopos ants in Honduras. Because Pedro's high school nickname was "Sompopo," and his wife Norma's hometown of El Rosario, Copan is known as "El Sompopero," they thought "Popitos" would be a fitting name for their special microlot.
The farm is kept under an agroforestry system, with fruit and timber trees such as royal cedar, pink cedar, gravilea, orange, lime, guava, soursop and banana. Pedro is committed to environmental friendly farming practices and to the conservation of the sources of water at the farm and in the community. Pedro has an apiary of melipona bees at his farm, which contributes to pollination, thus improving the quality of his coffee.
Pedro’s life has always been around coffee. Growing up, he spent his vacations at his grandfather’s farm and enjoyed the coffee harvest every year. He has faced enormous challenges such as the fluctuating coffee prices which at some times in the past hit record lows, another challenge was overcoming the damage caused by the coffee rust fungus, but now he is proudly seeing the first production of the renovated plants. He implements a system of continuous monitoring of the plants and farm renovations in order to control the plague.
NATURAL PROCESS: This microlot is a natural, which means the coffee is harvested in its optimal ripeness and dried as a cherry. The coffee beans absorb the sweetness of the pulp, giving the coffee a sweet aroma, with floral and fruitiness notes and a clean finish. It is dried in beds for 20 to 25 days depending on the intensity of the sun.