WHITE GRAPES, FLORAL, DRIED FRUITS
Farm : La Quebrada
Owner : Dolmin Moreno
Variety : Pacas
Process : Washed
Region : Santa Barbara
Micro Region : El Cedral
Altitude (masl) : 1550-1600
Harvest Method : Handpicking
Dolmin Moreno is the youngest generation of farmers in the famous Moreno family, following in the foot steps of his grandfather Daniel, father Miquel and his six uncles. Morenos have become somewhat of a coffee farming dynasty in Santa Barbara, and as a result inspiring many of their neighbours to do specialty coffee. Morenos have been able to create their success with dedication, hard work and passion. Dolmin also worked in the States to colloect the money to buy his own lot amongst the family fields. And they don’t call his lot La quebrada (the raven) for nothing. This lot is situated on a hill so steep he struggles to find pickers willing to work for him. For the past years he has been hiring only female staff for this difficult job.
The family members place regularly in the top contestants on the Cup of Excellence competition. And within the few years Dolmin has been managing his own farm this almost 30-years old coffee producer has already showed his aptitude for coffee farming by placing twice to the top 20 in Honduran CoE.
Moreno family’s path to specialty coffee
Dolmin’s grandfather, Daniel Moreno – patriarch of the Moreno family – wanted to give up coffee farming around 10 years ago. At this point, the sons had all moved to the US to work and earn a better living. In 2005 Moreno’s neighbour, Mr Benitez won the Honduras Cup of Excellence. He was unable to make it to the ceremony and therefore asked Dolmin’s father to accept the prize for him. Therefore opening Miguel’s eyes to the world of specialty coffee. He then managed to convince his father and whole family not to give up on coffee farming but instead put great efforts in producing quality coffee. Already two years later the Moreno family submitted their first coffees to the CoE competition with Miguel’s lot placing 4th and scoring 90.6 points.
Nowadays the family has bought more land at higher altitudes and decided to plant more unique varieties. The lots have different microclimates and therefore also individualised processing practices resulting to each lot cupping distinctly and differently. And as their family grows and the younger generation starts taking on more responsibility over the coffee activities, the Morenos’ commitment to their buyers remains steadfastly loyal and forward-looking.