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Honduras Diaries: Part 2.
Honduras Diaries: Part 2
In Honduras Diaries: Part 1, Josh introduced us to his trip to Honduras. In Part 2, he goes into more detail about the second half of the trip, including a wetmill visit and stopping by at the Honduran Institute for Coffee.
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November 6th, Day Four:
Our fourth day was pretty laid back and relaxed. MasterRoast organised a trip for us to visit Cofafelol, also a co-operative like Revolver, who we purchase our coffee from. We were shown around the facilities and then given the opportunity to plant a coffee plant. It was a wrap for the day, and I headed back to catch up on some sleep.
November 7th, Day Five:
We woke up bright and early on the fifth day. The plans were to visit the wet mill at Coffee Planet and then to a coffee refinery. When we arrived at the Wet mill, we were shown the process of how raw coffee beans are processed for de-fruiting. I saw the amount of coffee beans needed to produce a ten-kilogram bag of coffee and it really went to show how much care, effort and manpower it takes to bring that one cup of coffee to our tables.
Next on our agenda was a trip to a coffee refinery. My first impression was the sheer scale of the location and how much manpower was needed to run the facility. We observed how coffee is processed into beans, ready to be shipped off to be roasted.
Our first tourist excursion of the trip came about and we visited some Mayan ruins, an amazing experience. Our tour guide explained the rich, ancient history of the civilisation, how they were presumed to live and how there’s a mystery surrounding how the Mayan civilisation died out in the region
November 8th, Day Six:
It was our last day in Honduras and our trip was coming to an end, and we closed with the busiest day of all. Our first stop was to meet with the Honduran Institute for Coffee, a government institution who oversees the country’s coffee exports (coffee makes up 40% of Honduras’ exports). Out of a small population of eight million people, an estimated one million people are directly involved within the coffee industry through their employment.
Later on that day we visited the family that we met on the first day of our trip, and they showed us around distribution facilities in San Pedro Sula. After tasting their coffee from different parts of the country they told us that the amount of coffee that is exported out of the country is equivalent to more than the entirety of exports of El Salvador.
My trip to Honduras had come to an end, leaving me reminiscent of a fantastic week. The trip opened my eyes tp what coffee means. It’s not just a Monday morning pick-me-up. It’s the livelihoods of communities and families whose whole lives revolve around what me and you see as a drink in a cup. I’m thankful to everyone I met during my visit to Honduras and I hope to be back soon.
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