Organic Apex Montgomery Melghem Honduras MicrolotHigher Grounds Trading
Profile: watermelon * strawberry shortcake * vanilla
Farm: Finca San Pablo
Region: Aldea El Pastal, Marcala, Honduras
Elevation: 1450 meters
Best brewing: filter
Recommended ratio: 16:1
The COMSA Cooperative
Finca San Pablo was founded in 1915 by Pablo Melghem, Montgomery’s grandfather. For over a century, the farm has developed the experience and a tradition for excellent methods in production, harvesting and post-harvesting, rendering a bean of excellent quality. Montgomery is a third generation coffee farmer, having taken up management of the farm from his father Rolando.
Harvest is carried out in the months of December to February, time when sunlight penetrates the farm softly and indirectly due to the abundance of shade in the farm, in the coolness of the shorter daylight hours. Harvesting is conducted by hand, carefully selecting fruit that has achieved optimal maturity, cherries that are freshest in appearance, firm and brilliant in color. This meticulous cherry selection mandates at least three pickings of the same plant, in order to allow for a superior quality coffee.
In the last years COMSA has been experimenting with honey- and natural-process coffees, which have rendered excellent cup results. Montgomery has opted for some of these non-traditional methods where cherries are laid out to dry in raised beds under cover immediately after harvesting. In this entire process, the collaboration of local workers is immensely important. We’re thrilled to feature another COMSA farmer for his excellent work!