- Founded in 1997
- 135 members (39 women, 109 men)
- Location: Subirana, Yoro
- Elevation: 900-1400 meters above sea level
- Varieties: Caturra, Catuai, Villazarchi, Ihcafé 90, Arabigo, Bourbon and Lempira
The seeds of COMISUYL’s formation were sown in 1990 when a tax was going to be levied against small farmers. In protest small farmers began to organize. In 1991 an informal group was created which would result in COMISUYL being officially formed in 1997 with 35 initial members. By 2004 they were carrying massive debt and put forth a plan to refocus and better utilize their relationship with FLO. They have been exporting under FLO since 2005 with as many as 10 containers in one year. Their full membership has the capacity to produce 12 containers in one year. So far they have be using their fair trade premium for transport expenses, and creating and expanding their offices. They are currently using the premium to invest in better organic composting and fertilizer facilities as well as exploring the production of bokashi.
The organization counts with: administrative offices, three warehouses, a galley for manufacturing fertilizer, a wet processing plant, drying patios, two cars, one truck and a mini-lab. The cooperative also counts with a organic fertilizer store with capacity to sell approximately 1000 quintales of organic and conventional fertilizer to both cooperative affiliates and non-members. The cooperative also has roasted coffee operation which is administrated by a group of women affiliated to the cooperative.
The cooperative operates under strict governance and planning, with strategic and commercial plans and regulations. Its organized and functional structure possesses a capable human resource team with expertise in quality control, IT assistance, coffee processing machinery and gender equity. The cooperative also counts with a full-time administrative team.
Very sweet and tart with vibrant vanilla and berry notes. It is very plump on the tongue while staying bright and clean
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