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Origin Field Lab: Honduras
Since 2004, Counter Culture Coffee has hosted an Origin Field Lab. On this week-long trip, students participate in each step of the coffee production process at origin—from harvest to export—and learn about the benefits and challenges of building long-term coffee relationships.
The 2015 Origin Field lab will cover the complexities of contemporary coffee farming in general, and in Honduras in particular, and with on-site experiences which will illuminate the intricacies of coffee cultivation and processing for farms of varying sizes.
Lab topics will include coffee botany, organic agriculture, coffee processing, contemporary challenges and opportunities for farmers, the structure of coffee cooperatives, milling and exporting, and Honduras’ socio-political history as it relates to the coffee industry.
The group will travel from San Pedro Sula to Marcala in the La Paz region to visit CCC producer partners, starting with Finca El Puente, a larger-scale family-run farm with which Counter Culture has partnered since 2006. Many savvy coffee-lovers are already familiar—in name, if not in person—with farmers Marysabel Cabellero and her husband, Moises Herrera, who appeared together at Counter Culture’s regional training centers on the 2013 Works in Progress tour. Field Lab participants will spend time with this charming coffee family, tour Finca El Puente, participate in the coffee harvest, and explore the farm’s extensive coffee varieties nursery. The group will also spend time with the dynamic COMSA coffee cooperative, which represents more than 2000 smallholder coffee farmers and their families in and around Marcala, and tour members’ farms and the co-op’s dry milling facilities.
Dates: March 9–13, 2015
Lab Cost: $1,700 *The cost of the lab includes all lodging, transportation, tours, lab materials, and meals—except alcoholic beverages—while in Honduras. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Application (limited to Counter Culture’s wholesale customers and previous Origin Field Lab participants)