Corquín, Copán, Honduras 2011

Greetings from COPRANIL

Carrie on a farm visit Gloria with Esperanza’s son in the office

COPRANIL President, Fidel Romero

Esperanza leaving the office Maida overlooks her farm Coffee cherries from a Vicén family farm

Drying coffee on the patio

Carrie and Carly cupping coffee at the office

Luis Estevez’s farm

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Table of Contents
Introduction – COPRANIL Welcome to the COPRANIL Direct Trade Project About Us and Contact Information Producer Profiles Fidel Antonio Romero Molina Angel Maria Peña Mejia Luis Estevez José Bernardo Hernández José Tránsito Gutierrez Mario Roberto Gómez López Carlos Georgi Gómez López Maida Gómez López Reinerio Portillo Juan José Vicén Díaz Fredi Onan Vicén Peña 4 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Conclusion

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Introduction - COPRANIL
COPRANIL History
Formed in 1999 by 17 innovative coffee farmers from Corquín, Copán, Honduras, COPRANIL, the Cooperativa Regional Agroforestal de Nuevas Ideas Limitada (Regional Agro-forestry Cooperative of New Ideas), stands as one of the oldest coffee cooperatives in the western highlands of Honduras. With over 80 current and active members, COPRANIL bustles with activity throughout the year and especially during the months of December and January, the peak months of the coffee harvest.
COPRANIL provides many services to its members and has a range of coffee processing equipment including a wet mill, two horizontal dryers, and ample patio space for solar drying. COPRANIL processes and sells an average 1,500 quintales* of its members’ coffee each year. The members of COPRNAIL are very involved in ensuring its success. Members sit on the Board of Directors, Internal Audit Committee, and Commercialization Committee and work closely with COPRANIL management. Additionally all members attend bi-annual meetings. COPRANIL also assists its members in the farm certification process. One farmer has already completed UTZ certification and 31 others are in the process. * A quintal is equal to 100 pounds
The founding members of COPRANIL at the 1999 inauguration. Esperanza is sitting at the table, in the center.

Our Director
As the current director of the cooperative, Esperanza López Aguilar remembers the day that COPRANIL was formed.
In fact, Esperanza attended the inauguration of COPRANIL and was hired as the first secretary of the cooperative in 1999. Since then she has worked at COPRANIL in various roles, assuming her current role as director in 2006. Esperanza is married and has an 8 year old son, Hector Emilio. Her husband, Hector Urrea, has farms in Corquín and is a member of the cooperative. During the busy coffee season, the whole family practically lives at the COPRANIL office.

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Welcome to the COPRANIL Direct Trade Project
Origin of the Direct Trade Project
COPRANIL has historically sold its coffee in the traditional Honduran way – through intermediaries and exporters. COPRANIL coffee would then be mixed with other coffees of different origins and qualities, thus losing its original integrity. Over the past few years Esperanza López, the director of COPRANIL, has been laying the foundation for a shift to a more direct selling model. In 2010, Esperanza requested the assistance of a Peace Corps Volunteer to specifically help with the commercialization of the cooperative’s coffee. As luck would have it, the two of us were up to the task.
The Direct Trade Project is part of a larger initiative to improve the commercialization of COPRANIL’s coffee. To date, 12 members have become involved in the project through creating farm profiles, providing samples for cupping, and showing continued interest in increasing the quality of their coffee. This book is an introduction to these producers, their farms, their families, and their coffee.

Plans for the immediate future include constructing solar dryers to increase the quality and quantity of samples; organizing cupping and quality classes for interested members; and purchasing necessary equipment to outfit a cupping laboratory. For us, this book has been a labor of love. We have spent countless hours in the COPRANIL office, visiting farms, sampling coffees, and getting to know the producers and their families. We hope that we have done them justice with our work and that you enjoy the finished product. We look forward to being in further contact and will gladly provide more information, send samples, and welcome visitors to Corquín and the cooperative.

Sincerely,

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About Us and Contact Information
About Us
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Carly Kadlec graduated from Washington University in St Louis in 2010 with a degree in Latin American Studies. She is currently a Protected Areas Management Volunteer with Peace Corps Honduras. Besides working with the coffee cooperative, Carly works with students in the local school on environmental education, microwatershed protection, and worm composting. Carrie Perdue, born and raised in West Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a degree in Commerce with concentrations in Marketing and Information Technology. From 2007-2010, Carrie worked as a strategy consultant with Deloitte Consulting, regularly traveling both abroad and at home to work on projects. Carrie’s other work as a Peace Corps Business Volunteer in Honduras has included small business advising and starting a national data management initiative.

Contact Information
Carly Kadlec carleenk2@gmail.com gchat: carleenk2 +(504) 9835.7124 Carrie Perdue carrie.perdue@gmail.com gchat: carrie.perdue +(504) 9876.2247 COPRANIL copranil05@hotmail.com

+(504)9481.6674
The best way to keep in touch with us is through e-mail. One of us checks our email at least once a day. Please be sure to include both Carrie and Carly in any email correspondence to COPRANIL as they will need translation help. Thanks and we look forward to being in touch!

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Fidel Antonio Romero Molina
Producer Profile
Fidel Antonio Romero Molina, or “Don Fidel” as he is affectionately known, was born and raised in a tobacco farming family in Corquín. As a child he witnessed the introduction of coffee into the region and ever since then, he has been cultivating the crop and expanding his farms.
Don Fidel shares his love of coffee farming with his wife, Olga, who also maintains her own coffee farms in the region. Their six children are involved in all aspects of coffee production on the family farms. Don Fidel and Olga pride themselves in passing on their knowledge of the coffee crop, as well their land, to their children. Most recently, the members of COPRANIL elected Don Fidel as the President of the cooperative and he will serve for the duration of 2011.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Finca El Guayabo  Location: Los Cedros, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 8 manzanas  Altitude: 1180 meters  Varieties: Caturra, Catuaí, Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Bourbon  Production: 300 quintales  Shade: Guama, Pine, Orange, Plantain, Avocado, Cedar, Mahogany  Soil: Loam - Sand  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Angel Maria Peña Mejia
Producer Profile
Angel Peña, or Lito, as he is informally known by friends and family in Corquín, is one of those coffee farmers who cannot let a single day pass without visiting his farm. Luckily, his farm, which is in the process of UTZ certification, is close to his family’s home.
Referred to as “la jefa” or “the boss,” Lito’s wife Carmen, who helps support the family by selling her famous bread, regularly helps out on the farm during harvest time. Carmen and Lito have passed their passion for coffee along to their children. From sharing the wet mill on his farm with his oldest son to his youngest son’s enthusiastic assistance, Lito involves his kids in all aspects of farming. Additionally, his daughter Gloria, works as an administrator at the cooperative.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Finca San Rafeal  Location: Agua Caliente, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 3.5 manzanas  Altitude: 1150 – 1200 meters  Varieties: Caturra, Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Bourbon  Production: 63 quintales  Shade: Guama, Pine, Orange, Plantain, Cedar  Soil: Loam  Fermentation: 24 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Luis Estevez
Producer Profile
An enthusiastic learner, coffee producer, and beekeeper, Luis Estevez is very involved at COPRANIL. In addition to being one of the most advanced producers in the UTZ certification process, Luis is a member of the Commercialization Committee at the cooperative. He also has his own wet mill at his farm which he shares with his father.
Luis has shown a lot of enthusiasm for COPRANIL’s Direct Trade Project and has expressed interest in improving the quality of his coffee. Additionally, Luis is planning on enrolling in the upcoming cupping course that the cooperative is sponsoring.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Finca Las Cotuzas  Location: Portrerillos, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 5 manzanas  Altitude: 1050 meters  Varieties: Caturra, Catuaí, Lempira  Production: 122 quintales  Shade: Guama, Nance, Pine, Plantain, Cedar  Soil: Clay-Loam  Fermentation: 7 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

Besides his coffee farms, Luis keeps and maintains over 30 beehives near his home. He is an active associate of a local honey cooperative in Corquín.

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José Bernardo Hernández
Producer Profile
Warmly referred to as “El Profe Bernardo,” Bernardo Hernández is one of the most involved members at COPRANIL. Bernardo owns four farms, one of which is already UTZ certified. Bernardo’s father instilled in him a love for coffee farming and a respect for the land. From a young age, Bernardo was out visiting his family farms and learning about the other family business – raising egg producing hens. Today, Bernardo owns and manages a hen house in addition to his coffee farms.
While not tending to his farms and hens, preparing samples, and advancing his remaining three farms in the UTZ certification process, Bernardo is a beloved third grade teacher at the local elementary school in Corquín. The photo on page 18 is an image of Bernardo overlooking Corquín from one of his farms.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Finca Los Laureles, Finca Benedición de Dios, Finca La Protección, Finca Bienaventuranzas  Location: Los Plátanos, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 7 manzanas total

 Altitude: 1000 - 1200 meters
 Varieties: Caturra, Catuaí, Lempira  Production: 200 quintales total  Shade: Guama, Nance, Pine, Plantain  Soil: Loam, Sandy  Fermentation: 24 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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José Tránsito Gutierrez
Producer Profile
Tránsito Gutierrez is truly an embodiment of the direct coffee trade principles. One of the largest producers in the cooperative, Tránsito has taken it upon himself to serve as an example for other producers. His farm, Finca Guardabarranco, which is in the process of UTZ certification, is situated around a large and precious source of water for the community of Corquín. Tránsito has purchased much of the land around his farm and currently engages in conservation efforts to protect the water source. In addition to his passion for conservation, Tránsito also focuses on providing superior conditions for his coffee pickers. His farm is outfitted with adequate private housing to accommodate all of his workers and his family. During coffee season, Tránsito lives on his farm with his wife and three children.
A retired lawyer, Tránsito is also very interested in developing eco-tourism opportunities in the area. He has already begun constructing tourism infrastructure on his property.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Finca Guardabarranco  Location: Quebrada Honda, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 35 manzanas  Altitude: 1100 - 1300 meters  Varieties: Caturra, Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Catuaí  Production: 1000 quintales  Shade: Guama, Cedar, Mahogany, Pine, Plantain, Orange  Soil: Clay-Loam  Fermentation: 24 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Mario Roberto Gómez López
Producer Profile
Crossing the River Jopopo to get to his farm, Mario Gómez López discusses the finer points of the international coffee market. A student of all things coffee related, Mario is extremely interested in COPRANIL’s Direct Trade Project and expanding his knowledge of the coffee commodity chain.
Mario is part of a large and proud coffee growing family. He and his 10 brothers and sisters all own farms in and around Corquín. Mario is keeping the family tradition alive by involving his wife and 4 children in all aspects of his coffee farm.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Las Brisas del Jopopo  Location: Loma Alta, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 4 manzanas  Altitude: 1150 meters  Varieties: Caturra  Production: 80 quintales  Shade: Guama, Cedar, Plantain, Orange  Soil: Clay, Loam  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

Gómez López’s farm, Las Brisas del Jopopo, is in the process of UTZ certification. He operates a small wet mill at his home that he often shares with his family.

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Carlos Georgi Gómez López
Producer Profile
Very well known in the Corquín community as an educational leader, Georgi Gómez López, or “El Profe Georgi” has a school named after him in Los Plátanos, the location of one of his farms. In addition to his duties as regional director for the local school district, Georgi owns 4 different farms, two of which are in process of UTZ certification. He also finds time to serve faithfully on the COPRANIL Board of Directors.
Georgi is being featured in this book with two of his siblings, Mario and Maida. And, like many of the other farmers in Corquín, Georgi truly believes that coffee farming is a family affair. Georgi processes his coffee at his mother’s wet mill, helps his 10 brothers and sisters with various coffee related tasks, and always involves his wife and four young daughters, hoping one day to leave his farms to his daughters.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Finca Los Plátanos, Lagunitas, Paso de la Vaca, Finca Azacualpa  Location: Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 17 manzanas total  Altitude: 1150 – 1300 meters

 Varieties: Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Catuaí
 Production: 450 quintales total  Shade: Guama, Pine, Cedar, Plantain, Orange, Avocado, Mango  Soil: Clay, Loam  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Maida Gómez López
Producer Profile
As one of the few female coffee farmers in Corquín, Maida Gómez López does not shy away from any aspect of farm life. At an early age, she realized her passion for coffee and has been expanding her knowledge even since.
As a passionate coffee farmer and mother, Maida has impressed upon her only child and daughter the importance of economic independence and self-sustainability. Thanks to her mother’s support, her daughter is currently studying to become a lawyer. Dedicated to both family and farm, Maida exemplifies the hard work and passion of COPRANIL’s producers. Between getting her two farms certified with UTZ and teaching her daughter the ropes of the coffee business, Maida stays busy throughout the year.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: El Supte, El Zapote  Location: Loma Alta, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 13 manzanas total  Altitude: 1150 – 1300 meters  Varieties: Caturra, IHCAFE 90, Catuaí  Production: 200 quintales total  Shade: Guama, Pine, Cedar, Plantain, Orange  Soil: Clay, Loam  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Reinerio Portillo
Producer Profile
Well-respected and well-liked by the members of COPRANIL, Reinerio Portillo, or “Don Reinerio”, recently completed a 5 year term as President of the cooperative. As he completed his term, he stepped into a new role as President of COPRANIL’s Internal Audit Committee.
When Don Reinerio is not tending to his farm or at the COPRANIL office, he also operates his own business which purchases and processes late season coffee harvests for sell to national Honduran buyers. Portillo wet mills his own coffee at the facility of his business. Portillo’s farm, La Venada, is in process of UTZ certification. Don Reinerio is married with 4 kids and his wife and children can frequently be found helping him on the farm.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: La Venada  Location: Los Plátanos, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 4 manzanas  Altitude: 1000 meters  Varieties: Caturra, Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Catuaí, Bourbon  Production: 90 quintales  Shade: Guama, Mahogany, Cedar, Laurel, Orange, Avacado, Lemon  Soil: Loam  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Juan José Vicén Díaz
Producer Profile
More commonly known as “Don Chepe,” Juan José Vicén Díaz owns two farms in the Corquín region. In the process of UTZ certification, Finca Los Vertientes lies on a particularly steep slope in the mountains above Corquín. However, Don Chepe’s attention to live barriers and reforestation projects demonstrates his commitment to the land. Chepe’s legacy as a well-liked and respected coffee farmer in the region can already be felt as all of his eleven children own or work on coffee farms in Corquín.
Previously serving on the Internal Audit Committee of COPRANIL, Don Chepe currently serves on the cooperative’s Commercialization Committee. His service to the cooperative reaches all the way back to 1999 as Don Chepe was a founding member.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: Los Vertientes, Los Barrancos

 Location: Yarguera and Los Llanos, Corquín, Copán, Honduras
 Size: 4 manzanas total  Altitude: 1000 – 1400 meters

 Varieties: Caturra, Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Catuaí
 Production: 60 quintales total  Shade: Guama, Plantain, Cedar, Orange, Avacado, Lemon  Soil: Loam, Sandy  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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Fredi Onan Vicén Peña
Producer Profile
As the oldest son of Don Chepe, Fredi Onan Vicén Peña has grown up in the coffee business. After years of helping his father out on the farm, Fredi now has two farms of his own and one of his wife’s to keep him busy. His farm, La Falda, which literally means “the skirt,” referring to the steep slope of the land, is currently in the process of UTZ certification.
Along with his wife Suyapa and their five children, Fredi spends nearly every day of the coffee season on the farm picking, depulping, and washing coffee. After a small production in the 2009-2010 season due to a thorough pruning, Fredi’s farms are coming back strong. In addition to having farm work to keep himself busy, Fredi also serves on the COPRANIL Board of Directors. Fredi and Suyapa’s oldest daughter, Karen, is seen below picking coffee.

Farm Facts
 Farm Name: La Falda, La Loma  Location: Yarguera and Los Llanos, Corquín, Copán, Honduras  Size: 4 manzanas total  Altitude: 1000 – 1400 meters  Varieties: Caturra, Lempira  Production: 20 quintales total  Shade: Guama, Plantain, Cedar, Orange, Avacado, Lemon  Soil: Loam, Sandy  Fermentation: 12 hours  Drying: Patio and Industrial Horizontal Dryer

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