Las Capucas is a coffee cooperative in the Honduran state of Copan. In 1885, Athanasius Rodolfo Romero bought large plots of land and planted tobacco and coffee. Every generation of his family since then has focused more and more on coffee cultivation and in 1999, Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL) was founded to link area producers with information and resources. General Manager Jose Omar Rodriguez Romero has lead COCAFCAL to become a model for growth in education, infrastructure support, access to buyers and innovative sustainability initiatives.
The goal of a cooperative is to collectively strengthen a group of farmers so they can eventually thrive independently. Jose Luis Rivera from Los Lirios and Panchito from Platanares are two examples of this. Through their work with the Capucas cooperative, their coffee won awards in the 2011 annual Capucas competitions and Irving Farm began individual buying relationships with them.
A long-term committed partnership in buying coffee allows us to not only see improvements in the (amazing to start with) coffee, but to celebrate life with our partners. We have seen the co-op successfully battle leaf rust and seen producers build new houses for their families. We have celebrated children being born, and seen family members grow in their relationship to the coffee industry, like Pancho’s daughter Lourdes competing in an international barista competition in China. Relationships like these are the foundation of our coffee program.
Support this amazing community with us by enjoying their delicate, sweet coffee with notes that reflect its tropical roots.