On 23 June 1999, José Omar Rodríguez Interiano and fifty-five small coffee producers from the Las Capucas village established COCAFCAL. Las Capucas is a community in the San Pedro de Copan municipality, approximately 158 km west of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Las Capucas is located in a forest buffer zone, Celaque National Park, which forms part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor that covers areas between Panama and southern Mexico.
Las Capucas is named after the capuca, a palm tree that is common in the area. Capucas leaves are used to build roofs.
Between 1999 and 2009, COCAFCAL’s membership grew to 473. In 2014, COCAFCAL has 835 members living in 12 communities from the municipalities of San Pedro and Corquín, Copan.
COCAFCAL’s members prefer to call their cooperative ‘Capucas’.