Tierra Lenca Women’s Lot
What we taste: Baked apple + Cocoa Crispies + Wafer
In the opal-rich, sweetgum forests of Western Honduras lies the department of Lempira. Aracely Martinez Gomez leads the group of 18 women producers and their families in villages surrounding the town of Erandique. The Tierra Lenca Women’s Group is the perfect embodiment of our mission statement: working in tandem with our crew, community, and Earth. Founded in 2015, these women focus on preserving their indigenous Lenca culture while sustainably impacting the industry with leadership development in coffee cultivation.
The traditional Lenca agroforestry technique is both environmentally and economically sustainable as well as advantageous for growing more complex, flavorful coffee. While coffee production in Honduras didn’t begin until the 18th century, the Lenca indigenous people mastered this method of agriculture long before the arrival of Europeans. Coffee is grown in the shade of various pine and fruit trees which not only slows the coffee maturation process, resulting in a more interesting and delicious cup, but it reduces soil erosion and increases retention of ground moisture. In addition to the income from coffee, the Tierra Lenca Women’s Group sells honey, grains, timber, and various fruits, leaving little to no waste while living in tandem with their environment.
Producer: Tierra Lenca Women’s Coffee Group
Region: Erandique, Lempira
Process: Fully Washed
Elevation: 1600-1800 MASL
Varietal: IH90, Catuai, Catimor, Bourbon