This mellow coffee from Honduras has a wide range of roast options. At lighter roasts, find dense sweetness, and tart acidity, reminiscent of lemon hard candy, and a walnut aftertaste. At darker roasts you'll drive off the acidity, and leave full creamy caramel, and toffee notes.
A decade ago it, when I first visited Las Capucas, it was common to think of Co-op coffees as just blender standards and average qualities. However now, Co-ops are leading the way when it comes to quality production and unique coffees. Capucas was definitely a leader in starting that trend. With their annual "Te Van a Conocer Compa" micro-lot competition the group brought in international buyers to celebrate the top scoring lots each year, and reward their producers in an annual festival. The result has been a marked improvement in quality and consistency. The dedication of their leadership and community towards advancing quality has taken them far.
Copan is in the western region of Honduras, almost to the border of El Salvador. It's inland location means warmer and drier weather, which leads to crisp acidity, full body, and elegantly sweet coffees. The area borders the Celaque National Forest, and the COCAFCAL coop is actively involved in protecting the preserve along with reclaiming lands nearby which had been cleared for beef cattle production.