Oscar Alonso Honduras MicrolotHigher Grounds Trading
Region: El Trapiche, Chinacla, Marcala,
La Paz, Honduras
Flavors: honeysuckle * plum * brown sugar
Elevation: 1518 meters
Best brewing: filter
Recommended ratio: 17:1
The COMSA Cooperative
In 1996, Oscar Omar Alonzo decided to start growing coffee on a parcel of land formerly known as “El Injerto,” a place where the soil was particularly lacking in organic material.
Within three years, and through intensive irrigation, Oscar had a bountiful first harvest. By 2001, at the suggestion of the general manager of COMSA, Rodolfo Peñalba, Oscar decided to transition away from conventional production into an organic system. Back then, his farm was only producing about 85,000 lbs of coffee. He was convinced by Rodolfo that through organic production he would be able to achieve above-market prices, and with that decided to cease all applications of chemicals; however, he did not correspond with the application of any organic methods or inputs. The transition was not easy. His production dropped dramatically and he lost hope in his farm. In 2007 he decided that it was necessary to make a dramatic change, and with that change the name of his farm. He came across a littered piece of paper with a drawing of a man riding a bicycle uphill. He realized that bicycles don’t pollute, and that in order to ride them, you are supposed to maintain a balance as you pedal forever forwards. It was at this point that Oscar decided to rename his farm “Cual Bicicleta” or “Which Bicycle.”
Oscar is a model farmer at COMSA, maintaining excellent production practices. He is also very involved in his community, protecting water sources and developing watershed areas.