Gracie's Photo Diary: Las Capucas, Copan, Honduras
Gracie Pizzo has been with Irving Farm since her barista days in 2008, and is now the company's Creative Director.
In February, I was invited to visit the Las Capucas Co-op in Copan, Honduras — one of Irving Farm’s longest-standing relationships — to learn more about how we directly source coffee. It was my first trip to coffee's origin, and it was amazing to see the very coffee we just received at our Roastery in its earliest stages of life. I had the opportunity to meet the producers and visit the homes and farms of our Los Lirios and Platanares coffees. Our super-popular Capucas coffee is a blend of coffees from multiple farmers at the co-op. Buying from Capucas supports the organization's own school and clinic, and their commitment to organic farming and sustainable community initiatives.
I’ll never forget this experience! Here are a few photos from the trip:
Coffee from field to the cupping room in Copan, Honduras
José Francisco, aka "Pancho". Coffee Producer: Platanares
Pancho's daughter, Lourdes Villeda, and her daughter.Lourdes is a barista at Café Capucas, where they serve their own coffee.
Inside Jose Luis Rivera's solar dryer. Coffee Producer: Los LiriosJose Luis's daughter is pictured in front.
Jose Luis's house
Exploring the Co-op
Driving through Santa Rosa, Honduras to visit the Beneficio (mill) from which the coffee is shipped
Cupping at the Beneficio Santa Rosa, Honduras
Coffee waiting to be milled and shipped. Pictured: Dan Streetman, our green coffee buyer, with Omar Rodriguez, manager of Las Capucas
photos by Gracie Pizzo (pictured second from left)