Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
|Hail punched holes through the roof|
of a house in Chimizal
Farms sustained significant damage during this event. In the areas most affected, any remaining harvest was destroyed and trees sustained heavy damage—trees were left without leaves and both trunks and branches were damaged by the impact of the hail. IHCAFE engineers are in the process of assessing the damage. Initial findings suggest that many trees were not killed in the incident, but there is doubt whether they will produce a harvest in the coming year.
|Hail destroyed current harvest, stripped coffee plants|
of their leaves, and left trunks and branches heavily damaged.
In background, banana trees and fences have been snapped
|A healthy coffee field near Chimizal before the hailstorm|
(note: not the same field as above picture, but
included for comparison)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
In the fourth installment of this five-part series, big things are happening. Toñito's coffee is processed, roasted, and then cupped (evaluated at IHCAFE - the Instituto Hondureño del Café). His coffee receives very positive feedback and is selected to compete for the Honduran Cup of Excellence and SCAA's Coffee of the Year. Additionally, it is roasted and used by Josh Longsdorf, of Detroit's Anthology Coffee, at the North Central Barista Championship in Chicago.
However, Toñito's plans to export his specialty-grade coffee to the States are threatened by rain, road conditions, and other factors. Click here read more about this precarious journey...
For an introduction to the series, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0O0tjK3k8E