Although Honduras is producing more coffee than Costa Rica and Guatemala combined, little is known about this coffee in the specialty scene. Over decades banana was the predominant cash crop in Honduras.
While neighboring countries had strong governmental initiatives to foster smallholder coffee growth, Honduran coffee production gained little recognition aside the commodity market. Lack of infrastructure was the main reason why high quality coffees could not be distinguished from other produce. However, in the past few years the Honduran national coffee institute IHCAFE has put quite some efforts in improving processing and growing techniques to educate and eventually lift the standards.
By creating a wide-spread network of producers and washing stations even in remote areas, the interest in high quality coffee production was awoken. Recently, specialty coffees from smallholder cooperatives have managed to make their way to cross the sea and spoil us with their divine sweetness.