La Labor, Honduras
$19.00 | 12 oz bag
Finca Pashapa in the western region of Ocotepeque, Honduras, is owned and run by the Salazar family. Counter Culture has been buying coffee from the Salazars every year since 2002. When the family started experimenting by planting a new section of their farm with the large-bean Pacamara variety, we knew it was going to result in something special. This organic Pacamara coffee shines with notes of pear, hazelnut, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.
Ancestors of the Salazars began farming coffee near the village of Pashapa when the region was best known for growing sugar cane. In fact, the town gets its name from a popular snack of boiled-down sugar cane panela on a tortilla. Jorge Salazar and his wife, Coyo, raised six children on the farm in Pashapa, and four of them currently live there with their own families and participate in running the farm. In addition to growing coffee, the Salazar family cares for dairy cows and a few hundred chickens, whose eggs they sell at the store they run in the village.
In 2002, Counter Culture bought 30 bags of Finca Pashapa's coffee through an importer, but it wasn't until 2005 that we were able to meet a member of the Salazar family. In 2008, we visited the farm for the first time, and we realized what great potential this family had for creating superb coffee.
In 2016, the Salazars experimented with different ways of drying a few, small select lots. The Pacamara and Bourbon variety selections were so good that we decided to fly them in directly to our HQ and roastery in Durham, N.C. This year's harvest of these varieties continue to reflect the high standards of Salazar’s work and showcase potential for quality coffee in Honduras. Our longtime partnership with the Salazar family is a model for how Counter Culture buys coffee from around the world.