Producer // Arturo Paz
Country // Honduras
Region // Las Flores, Santa Barbara
Cultivar // Red Catuai
Process // Wet-Process
Elevation // 1,800 Meters
Tasting Notes // Wildflower Honey, Apple, Spicy
Aromatically complex with notes of floral and sage, La Colmena is filled with sweet honey and decadent apple traits. The finish stays sugared and refreshing with mild Tropical fruit flavors.
Arturo Paz is one of a handful of very young coffee producers in the Santa Barbara region of Honduras to take aim at producing world-class coffee.
Within years of its inception, Paz’ farm, La Colmena, has blossomed into one of the top producing farms in the entire country, not just his own region. He placed number seven at this past year’s Cup of Excellence.
When speaking with Paz, he told us how he came to the name of his farm, La Colmena. When he was cupping his coffees, he noticed an undeniable likeness to honey in the best lots, and has strived to recreate this flavor in all of his lots. La Colmena translates to “beehive” so he thinks about what he would like to achieve every single day.
His fields of Red and Yellow Catuai, Pacas and Bourbon are perfectly manicured, and he has very high aspirations for his coffee. The reason for this is because his uncle owns the mill where he works full time and also where he processes his coffee. Arturo manages quality and the reception of hundreds of farmers from the region on a daily basis. He sees first hand the successful farmers and those who have trouble bringing high quality coffee. A full time job, a full time farmer and an amazing soccer player to boot. Farmers like Arturo Paz are the reason we have a Reserve Coffee program.