We just dropped our Honduras COMSA for the guests of @bodegaridge and @bodegacove.
It tastes of hazelnut and cocoa laced with the warm sweetness of dried figs and it’s telling an inspiring story of having a strong vision and improving with every step.
While the free-falling C market price has everyone’s attention, COMSA is another great example of what intention and determination can do for a business and a community.
In the face of poor wages stemming from predatory pricing and underwhelming quality, in 2001, the newly formed COMSA members made the massive, destabilizing decision to slash yields for the long view of sustainable, organic farming methods and an ethos that improves the whole community not just the coffee and the land.
Even as disillusioned farmers dropped out, COMSA pressed on with their innovative practices to transform their lands into integrated organic farms – promoting soil and water conservation, and the preservation of local plant and wildlife. Before long, members began to see improvements in coffee yields, better family relationships and then a rapid growth in membership.
In 2016, COMSA launched the Diplomado Organico, a week-long intensive training program that not only teaches innovative organic farming techniques, but also helps broaden perspectives for small-scale farmers on the relationship between their work, the ecosystem and the health of communities on both sides of the supply chain.
By choosing these coffees year over year, you are helping to ensure these producers can make bold investments in their infrastructure and confidently rely on steady support of each harvest.
Thank you for making that choice. 🙏🏼❤️☕️
📸: @royal.coffee.inc 📃: @coopcoffees