La Leona by Benjamin Paz | Santa Bárbara, HondurasBluebeard Coffee Roasters
Tasting Notes: Hazelnut, milk chocolate, apple & orange zest. Hint of tropical mango and melon. Soft and sweet, healthy medium body.
Grower: Benjamin Paz
Farm: La Leona
Location: Municipality of Concepción del Sur, Dept. of Santa Bárbara
Variety & Process: Washed Bourbon, Caturra, Typica & Pacas
Elevation: 1550 masl
Import Partner: Bonaventure Coffee Project
We have been excited to work with renowned coffee farmer and Honduran coffee beacon Benjamin Paz and this highly regarded coffee growing area for several years. A community activist and conduit for many coffee farmers in San Vicente, Concepción del Sur, and greater Santa Bárbara to find high value outlets for their coffees, Benjamin Paz plays an outsized role both as a farmer and coffee farming organizer and leader, but also as a big presence and spokesperson for Honduran coffee farming, sustainability, and living wages and price levels for coffee farmers throughout Central America and beyond.
This coffee lot comes from his family farm, La Leona. We were able to find and secure it as a part of Sr. Paz's effort to find outlets for San Vicente coffees during Covid-19, when many export avenues were drying up as roasters were lowering purchasing volumes. In partnership with Saint Frank Coffee in San Francisco, Benjamin and Kevin Bohlin (at Saint Frank) set up Bonaventure Coffee Project to import San Vicente community coffees and find good homes for them in difficult times. We are pleased and proud to be a part of this effort.
Unfortunately, there is a postscript to this uplifting effort. and project. This region of Honduras has just been hit especially hard by back to back hurricanes, Eta and Iota. We have made an initial donation to the cause and will add $1 per 12 oz. coffee bag sold in our shop or on the web, or $5 for a 5 lb. bag. Our hearts go out to this community as they attempt to rebuild during a particularly difficult time. A Go Fund Me has been set up should you wish to donate to these rebuilding efforts directly. Thank you so much.