Honduras Black Honey Katia Duke


Brewtus Roasting has teamed up with Ally Coffee to bring you this Honduran Black Honey from Katia Duke's farm in San Isidro. The coffee is lightly roasted lightly and we are tasting overall sweetness with hints of peach.

Katia Duke's San Isidro farm is found in a dry and dusty area only a fifteen-minute drive from Ruinas de Copán in Copán Department, Honduras. The farm has been in Katia's family for generations, traditionally producing coffee and selling parchment to local intermediaries. She spent most of her youth on the farm before studying agronomy at the prestigious Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in San Antonio de Oriente, Francisco Morazán, Honduras. She had grown up dedicated to following the tradition of her parents and family, but the la Roya leaf rust epidemic hit Honduras in 2012, destroying most of the crop that year. This blow to coffee production urged Katia to reassess their approach to farming and change the way she and her family would think about coffee.
Katia first had to understand the specialty coffee industry better. She took various courses and became a certified barista and roaster. She then opened her coffee shop, roasted and sold the coffee from her family's farm. The next step naturally became growing specialty coffee for export. After much discussion with her father, she was granted plots of land to farm as she saw fit. Now, five years later, these experiments have led to significant rewards.
The rewards of farming never come without struggle, though, and Katia has had to work hard to see her plan come to fruition. Her first hurdle was to earn respect as a farmer, simply for being a woman. On her first day as a producer, only two women showed up to work the farm with her—everyone else refused to work for a woman. After years of hard work, Katia has developed a strong team at San Isidro built around the principle of mutual respect among everyone.
Katia has achieved goals as a coffee producer and developed relationships with roasters, but she has also been able to grow into a leader in her community. The growth of San Isidro and the surrounding area has come hand-in-hand, with flagship projects like building a school and creating and supplying a nutritional program locally. These achievements have meant more than just creating resources, though—they've proven that in a place that is dominated by masculinity and traditionally male leadership, a woman can succeed as a leader and use coffee as the vehicle to do so.
This lot of Catuai coffee underwent Microorganism Fermentation Washed processing. The process begins with taking the leftover liquid from a batch of anaerobically fermented coffee, called mossto, full of different yeasts and microbial cultures from the fermented coffee. This microorganism-rich mossto is used to fuel the fermentation of this lot of coffee. Freshly harvested cherries are de-pulped and fermented in ceramic-lined tanks for 18–24 hours with the mossto added. The coffee is then washed with fresh spring water to remove the remaining mucilage. Washed coffee is dried on either raised beds or concrete patio depending on weather conditions.

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