Origin : Café Organico Marcala, S.A. La Paz, Marcala Honduras
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,600 masl
Certified Bird Friendly by the Smithsonian Institute
In the year 2000, 62 Honduran coffee farmers joined together with a common goal to transform their farms from conventional to organic production and formed COMSA (Cafe Organico Marcala, S.A). In 2001, fostered by a foundation called Funder, COMSA earned their organic certification from Bio Latina which has enabled them to market their coffee to more international buyers and realize better selling prices for their coffee. In February 2006, COMSA then applied for and was granted Fair Trade certification status. COMSA uses the Fair Trade price premium to fund many social projects including paying teachers’ salaries and purchasing school supplies. The premium also finances the construction of kitchens in the schools in support of the Merienda Escolar program that provides meals for school children. Crucible is proud to support COMSA by purchasing their excellent quality, organic and Fairtrade certified coffee
Café Orgánico Marcala S.A. de C.V. (COMSA) has been promoting sustainability and responsibility across their coffee business, spanning everything from the environment to producers to customer relations, for 18 years in Marcala, Honduras. This picturesque region is a notable coffee producing area and is known as the first protected designation of origin for coffee.
When asked why the Bird Friendly certification was important to her and her farm, COMSA member Miriam Pérez reflected, “It is important to care for and create biodiversity...This creates balance in life on this planet.” Their conscientious stewardship is grounded in their beliefs: “We feel and see ourselves as beings of light, with a divine level of consciousness that allows us to see God in the nature, the water, the air, the trees, the flowers, and the birds.”