HONDURAS MONTECILLOS - MARCALA - MARIA DOLORES ZELAYA - MINI GRANJA DILMA 1 KILO
Farm/Label: COMSA (Cafe Organico Marcala)
Producers: Maria Dolores Zelaya http://www.comsa.hn/
Process: Fully Washed
Grade: SHG EP
Harvest: December to March
Packaging: Grane Pro and Jute Bags
Conditioning Info: Micro Lot
It is the second year we work with the COMSA organization, located in the region of
Montecillos. This organization produces certified "Marcala" coffees, which own a Denomination
of Origin (4th of Latin America and 1st of Central America) since 2005. Marcala is a town
located in La Paz County, in the south-west of Honduras. The certified coffee must be produced
at more than 1100m of altitude, on 19 referenced towns, and obtain more than 80 points.
A few years ago, Marcala used to own a big cooperative that gathered many small producers
which, after its breaking, left all the members without mill. This is why about sixty producers
decided to get together to form the private society COMSA (Café Orgánico Marcala). Today, it
is more than 700 producers constituting this society with a cooperation spirit, in which all
employees are producers. They all follow cupping and biological agriculture classes. In addition,
the cooperative subsidizes the community children?s education. Besides producing organic
coffees, they really highlight the organic agriculture model and the consumption of organic food.
There is even a market of organic products each week in Marcala.
Maria Dolorez Zealaya works with her whole family on the coffee production since more than 25
years, with an organic mode of production. Coffee producers for more than 3 generations, the
Zelaya family cultivates 4 hectares of coffee bushes in Musula, in the region of Marcala (La Paz
The family, besides coffee, owns horticultural productions, flowers, but also some fowls. The
coffees are processed on site and sun-dried on cemented areas.
Maria Dolorez, her husband and their 5 children work together. In order to economically help her
family, she decided a few years ago to specialize herself in all the areas that would help her feed
her family. Therefore she started training classes with COMSA, the cooperative locally
implemented and processing organic coffees.