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The story begins in 1951 with twelve Quaker families leaving Alabama (US) and settling in Monteverde. Two families used their experience in dairy production to establish the Productores de Monteverde dairy company in 1953 with nine shareholders and two employees. Two years later, the Quaker community taught other community members how to produce milk. Horses and ox-drawn carts brought milk to the factory which processed about 400 litres per day.
Today we got a chance to speak with individual farmers. Two hundred of the coffee farmers that are members of COCAFCAL practice 'micro-lot production'. This means that a buyer is interested in coffee produced by one single coffee farmer so there is no modification of taste through blending.
Arriving at our destination was not easy. From Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ capital it took us another 30 minutes by plane to San Pedro Sula in the north and then four hours by car on a shaky road into the mountains where the coffee grows.