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De la Sierra Coffee

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De la Sierra Coffee comes from one family owned farm. The beans are never mixed, so that our coffee maintains its unique flavour. It is grown, harvested, dried & roasted in the high lands of Honduras in Central America.

The rustic roads twist into the Mountains of  Honduras through streams and around hairpin turns, across narrow bridges, through thickly fragrant tropical montane forests and small peaceful villages. De La Sierras farm rests quietly at an elevation between 1600 and 1800 meters above sea level. It is here that we grow our coffee under a diverse canopy of shade trees without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. As the coffee ripens, it is harvested by hand, peeled and spread out on concrete patios to dry naturally in the sun. When the drying process is complete, the green beans are then carefully hand sorted to remove any imperfections.

Sustainable & Ecologically beneficial, coffee is a perfect crop for the region because it is a shade-loving shrub that lives in the lower strata of the forest ecosystem. It coexists with a variety of species that contribute to the bio-diversity of the farm, such as tree ferns, a whole host of tropical flowers, migratory birds, small animals and large tree species. Oranges and other citrus, bananas and plantains, avocados and many others are part of the food items supplied by the farm. The farm also supplies naturally grown items for making life a little easier in the mountains of Honduras with basket making materials, firewood, fresh water and other household items. The workers we employ are provided with a house to live in, a living wage, bonuses, food, transportation and land to grow other food items.

The higher the elevation the better. Coffees grown at 1100 meters above sea level and higher are considered Strictly High Grown in Honduras.  Slower growth at the higher elevations produces slower ripening process for the beans which in turn produces a sweeter coffee bean. De La Sierra Coffees are always grown at elevations of 1500 meters or above.

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