Cup of Excellence
Angel Arturo Paz Ramírez is the owner of Finca El Itacayo, located 1600 meters in the village of La Union, Municipality of Santa Barbara, Department of Santa Barbara.
He has been dedicated to coffee growing for several years and decided to acquire this lot to cultivate an exotic variety to obtain differentiated profiles.
It currently employs six people permanently, those who are dedicated to cleaning, pruning, nutrition, and other good practices, mainly doing it by hand, using the minimum amount of chemical inputs.
He uses living barriers to preserve the environment. At the moment he is implementing a RainForest certification, so he is very meticulous in taking care of the farm.
Additionally, it maintains a good percentage of shadow and uses trees such as guamo, sile, walnut and avocado. It also performs fertilizations on a regular basis and is supported by soil analysis, for the optimal combination of nutrients.
Angel considers that factors such as the microclimate where the parcel is located, the special rain conditions, the natural shade due to the cloudy, the quality of the soil and the exotic variety he is growing, are decisive factors that contribute to differentiate his coffee.
He considers that the Cup of Excellence program is one of the few programs that have come to our country and have had a real, strong and positive impact on specialty coffees and that it has come to change the lives of many small producers. His experience in the Cup of Excellence cup is very good, because I have previously been in the auction and apart from having had income through the auction, it is satisfactory to know the impact on the region and on the region's economy.
La Unión El Dorado, Santa Bárbara, Honduras
Cup of Excellence