La Comunion is a blend of coffees from producers we work with in Santa Barbara, Honduras. It is a wonderful showcase of the quality coffees of this region, with flavors of cantaloupe, yellow cake, and cherry limeade.
The spark behind La Comunion was born out of a visit with one of our favorite producing groups in Colombia, whose pickers project (Los Recolectores) is led by our friends at Azahar Coffee. Recelectores has a simple mission: to pay small holders microlot pricing for their community blend. This program incentivizes small holders to take a % of their profits to pay higher daily rates to pickers, in this case, their neighbors in order to adequately pay pickers for their hard work along with maintaining a high level of quality along the picking and processing end. After several years of bearing witness to the direct impact this program has had in this community, it became all the clear to us of the difference that we can make.
With that in mind, we connected with our good friend, Benjamin Paz, whom we’ve had a great relationship with since the 2015-16 harvest, to help us create a Santa Barbara project with a group of producers already in our fold. The result was La Comunion, a new project which focuses our efforts with 3 of our producing partners; Alma Pineda, Dionisio Rivera & Cecilio Aguilar which gives us the ability to purchase their crops in their entirety while also ensuring a minimum price paid to the producer of $4.00 F.O.B
For Metric, the goal of La Comunion is multifaceted. Bulking coffees from producers we work with allowed us to purchase their entire crop, guaranteeing a higher premium with the understanding that the increase in pay will result in better pay to the picker without diluting their earnings. On the flavor-side, this project allowed us to craft a regional blend based on variety and processing with a result that is unique in our line up of Honduran Coffees and new crowd favorite here at Metric.
La Comunion Blend is comprised of Paraneima, Catuai & Bourbon and also a mix of 70% washed coffees along with 30% honey gives La Comunion an incredibly sweet, clean and vibrant experience due to the exceptional work of our partners, variety and process think- pink starburst, lime, honey and melon. In the scope of coffee in Honduras, Santa Barbara consistently garners top honors at the Cup of Excellence competition which we believe to be a result of the educational generosity of successful & innovative producers handing knowledge to their neighbors in the hopes of refining their coffees and earning a better farm-gate price. None of this would be possible without our export partners, Benjamin Paz and his company Beneficio San Vicente; a family-run dry milling & exporter, Benjamin and family have a direct hand in assisting most of the quality producers in this region, which is why, on the lab and dry-milling end, we couldn’t have better partners in the supply chain in Honduras than Beneficio San Vicente.