Rene Armando Umana oversees beautiful Aposento Alto Farm which is located in the heart of the Reserva Bioligica El Guisayote! Flanked by a line of mountains that separates San Marcos from Nueva Ocotepeque. Don Rene Umana has been growing for years and manages one, if not the most unique farm on the west side of Honduras. Apesento Alto overlooks both the Sensenti Valley,the Sinuapa and El Salvador Volcanos, the view is amazing!
El Guisayote, Ocotepeque
In the southwest corner of Honduras, adjacent to the borders of Guatemala and El Salvador, we find the Ocotepeque region. Here the mountains reach the clouds and volcanic soils directly enrich the coffee with their nutrients.
Specialty grade coffee in Honduras has a storied background. Beginning in 1998, a small number of coffee farmers and exporters were finding their way into the American specialty coffee market. It was then that hurricane Mitch devastated the local growers economy with the ensuing floods.
The Majority of Honduran coffee is produced by smallholders. An age old process of drying coffee before mixing these small lots together to sell to exporters. Although the process sounds good, the end result is a mixture of quality. Honduras is rapidly fixing this scenario through a cultural revolution of quality single-origin coffees shipped the world over.