All orders placed by 5:30am PST will ship the same business day. All orders placed after 5:30am PST will ship the next business day.

Honduras Rudy Carcamo is a very special coffee. Grown by its namesake, Rudy Carcamo, on his farms outside of La Union, Honduras, this directly traded coffee is the result of many years’ worth of trust, struggle, and hard work. Direct trade is a controversial term, but this coffee is incontrovertibly directly traded; Shaun Maeyens of Zen Café Coffee Roasters in South Bend, Indiana, from whom we purchased this lot, has spent the better part of eight years buying coffee from and intentionally building a relationship with Rudy. The purchases started off small and were handled through an importer (the wonderful folks at Aldea Coffee of Muskegon, Michigan, to be precise), but by 2016, Shaun and Rudy were engaging in coffee processing experiments and directly negotiating the price and purchase of Rudy’s entire specialty lot by Zen. The relationship operates so to this day; Shaun and Rudy negotiate pricing every spring, and Shaun pays Rudy directly for the coffee. Other than a U.S. based importer that helps with logistics, the only people involved in the sale of this coffee are Shaun and Rudy. This type of transaction requires incredible trust on both sides, and Rudy and Shaun’s friendship is one which all in the coffee supply chain can learn from.

You might be wondering how I know so much about Shaun and Rudy, and the answer is simple; Rudy is a friend of mine as well. I worked as Head Roaster at Zen Café from 2015-2017, and playing a small part in the relationship between Rudy and Zen remains one of my proudest achievements, professional or otherwise. I was even able to visit Rudy at the tail end of the 2017 harvest, as evidenced by the extremely stoic photo below. Rudy is an extremely kind and welcoming individual; coffee with Rudy on the drying patio and his wife Patty’s amazing baleadas are among my fondest memories.


Rudy is also an extremely precise and exacting coffee grower. He grows several coffee varieties on his farms, but his lots are primarily composed of Lempira and IHCAFE 90, coffee leaf rust-resistant varieties distributed by the Honduran government in the wake of the leaf rust crisis early in this decade. These varieties are high yielding and very hardy but are not thought to produce coffee of particularly high quality; in the case of Rudy’s lots, however, this assumption could not be more wrong. Rudy takes great care in all stages of the picking and processing stages of coffee production, and his hard work shows in the clarity and quality of flavors he brings out of these oft-maligned varietals.

At the beginning of the process, Rudy has adopted the use of Brix meters (a tool winemakers use to measure the sugar content of grapes) in order to determine when the trees are ready for picking to begin. He then pays premiums to his pickers for only ripe cherry, which ensures that the potential for coffee quality is as high as possible. Using profits from the sale of his coffee to Zen, Rudy has also improved his coffee pulper’s efficiency, re-tiled his fermentation tanks and washing channels to ensure clean and even wet-processing, and even built solar driers in his backyard, carefully monitored with moisture meters, to dry coffee slowly, which improves flavor and shelf life.

The result of all this is a cup which defies the odds and exceeds expectations for a coffee from this region. Sweet and full bodied, this coffee tastes like chocolate vanilla pudding, and is a standout on any cupping table. This medium roast is also extremely versatile, and functions well in any coffee brewing method, from espresso to filtered drip. We’re extremely proud to be offering such a lovely coffee, which itself offers a real sense of place and relationship. We can’t wait for you to try it.

Cheers,

Bret

SPECIFICATIONS

TASTE // Chocolate + Vanilla
ORIGIN // Honduras
REGION // La Union, Lempira
PRODUCER/FARM // Rudy Carcamo / Finca El Joconal
PROCESS // Washed, Patio/Raised Bed Solar Dryer
ALTITUDE // 1445 masl
HARVEST // December-February
VARIETAL // Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Red Catuai, Yellow Catuai
SPECIAL NOTE // Directly Traded by our friends at Zen Café Coffee Roasters of South Bend, IN

WE RECOMMEND

Honduras Rudy Carcamo

Honduras Rudy Carcamo

Regular price $ 16.75

All orders placed by 5:30am PST will ship the same business day. All orders placed after 5:30am PST will ship the next business day.

Honduras Rudy Carcamo is a very special coffee. Grown by its namesake, Rudy Carcamo, on his farms outside of La Union, Honduras, this directly traded coffee is the result of many years’ worth of trust, struggle, and hard work. Direct trade is a controversial term, but this coffee is incontrovertibly directly traded; Shaun Maeyens of Zen Café Coffee Roasters in South Bend, Indiana, from whom we purchased this lot, has spent the better part of eight years buying coffee from and intentionally building a relationship with Rudy. The purchases started off small and were handled through an importer (the wonderful folks at Aldea Coffee of Muskegon, Michigan, to be precise), but by 2016, Shaun and Rudy were engaging in coffee processing experiments and directly negotiating the price and purchase of Rudy’s entire specialty lot by Zen. The relationship operates so to this day; Shaun and Rudy negotiate pricing every spring, and Shaun pays Rudy directly for the coffee. Other than a U.S. based importer that helps with logistics, the only people involved in the sale of this coffee are Shaun and Rudy. This type of transaction requires incredible trust on both sides, and Rudy and Shaun’s friendship is one which all in the coffee supply chain can learn from.

You might be wondering how I know so much about Shaun and Rudy, and the answer is simple; Rudy is a friend of mine as well. I worked as Head Roaster at Zen Café from 2015-2017, and playing a small part in the relationship between Rudy and Zen remains one of my proudest achievements, professional or otherwise. I was even able to visit Rudy at the tail end of the 2017 harvest, as evidenced by the extremely stoic photo below. Rudy is an extremely kind and welcoming individual; coffee with Rudy on the drying patio and his wife Patty’s amazing baleadas are among my fondest memories.


Rudy is also an extremely precise and exacting coffee grower. He grows several coffee varieties on his farms, but his lots are primarily composed of Lempira and IHCAFE 90, coffee leaf rust-resistant varieties distributed by the Honduran government in the wake of the leaf rust crisis early in this decade. These varieties are high yielding and very hardy but are not thought to produce coffee of particularly high quality; in the case of Rudy’s lots, however, this assumption could not be more wrong. Rudy takes great care in all stages of the picking and processing stages of coffee production, and his hard work shows in the clarity and quality of flavors he brings out of these oft-maligned varietals.

At the beginning of the process, Rudy has adopted the use of Brix meters (a tool winemakers use to measure the sugar content of grapes) in order to determine when the trees are ready for picking to begin. He then pays premiums to his pickers for only ripe cherry, which ensures that the potential for coffee quality is as high as possible. Using profits from the sale of his coffee to Zen, Rudy has also improved his coffee pulper’s efficiency, re-tiled his fermentation tanks and washing channels to ensure clean and even wet-processing, and even built solar driers in his backyard, carefully monitored with moisture meters, to dry coffee slowly, which improves flavor and shelf life.

The result of all this is a cup which defies the odds and exceeds expectations for a coffee from this region. Sweet and full bodied, this coffee tastes like chocolate vanilla pudding, and is a standout on any cupping table. This medium roast is also extremely versatile, and functions well in any coffee brewing method, from espresso to filtered drip. We’re extremely proud to be offering such a lovely coffee, which itself offers a real sense of place and relationship. We can’t wait for you to try it.

Cheers,

Bret

SPECIFICATIONS

TASTE // Chocolate + Vanilla
ORIGIN // Honduras
REGION // La Union, Lempira
PRODUCER/FARM // Rudy Carcamo / Finca El Joconal
PROCESS // Washed, Patio/Raised Bed Solar Dryer
ALTITUDE // 1445 masl
HARVEST // December-February
VARIETAL // Lempira, IHCAFE 90, Red Catuai, Yellow Catuai
SPECIAL NOTE // Directly Traded by our friends at Zen Café Coffee Roasters of South Bend, IN

WE RECOMMEND