In Santa Barbara, Honduras, the surname Moreno and quality go hand-in-hand. In an area that is recognized by specialty coffee enthusiasts as one of the most unique coffee micro-terroirs in all of Central America, it’s pretty stunning to find a family like the Moreno clan that are the benchmark of excellence in the area. In Santa Barbara, there are over 30 Morenos who work together as a team on each of the individual family members’ plots. Grandparents, brothers, uncles, and cousins all team-up together throughout the season to harvest one another’s coffee and bring it to the main house where they dry their coffee together. It is this collective effort toward coffee farming that keeps the quality consistently high.
Nelson grew up in coffee, as coffee was a family business. When he was 16, he inherited his first plot of land from his father Orlando. It was 3 acres, surrounded by other Moreno farms in El Cedral at around 1500 meters. In 2014, he saved up enough money and purchased a new plot of land that was about 1.5 acres, just a few meters up the hill. Nelson’s coffee is a perfect example of everything we love about the coffees from this area…wickedly sweet, rich, subtly savory, with a lingering complexity. We are proud to buy 100% of the coffee Nelson exports from his 2 farms.