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Haiti,NORTH AMERICA

Cafe Cocano

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  • NOTES: Pecan, caramel corn, aromatic pipe tobacco mild, smooth & very creamy

  • PRODUCER: Various Smallholders 

 

  • ORIGIN: Anse a Foleur, Guichard, Jean Claire, Makorel, La Croix 
     

  • DEPARTMENT: Nord Oest

 

  • ALTITUDE: 800 M.A.S.L. 

 

  • LATITUDE: 19° 93'N 
     

  • VARIETY: Heirloom Typica
     

  • PROCESS: Pulped Natural 

The Story

This exceptional coffee is the product of ten years of tireless work on behalf of our esteemed producing partners in Port-de-Paix.  Cafe Cocano is a cooperative run by president Semilfort and five regional zone representatives.  Arabica Typica coffee seeds were br ought to Haiti directly from Ethiopia.  Heirloom Typica now grows everywhere here.  It is common for a family to maintain a coffee garden.  The coffee grown here is most often sold on the local market or to speculators.

The obstacles to coffee production in the northwest of Haiti are immense.  Natural disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes have effected many promising harvests and basic infrastructure such as roads and access to water and electricity are limited and often undependable.  After the devastating earthquake in 2010, international aid inadvertantly introduced cholera to Haiti.

Cafe Cocano president Semilfort and each zone rep play a vital role in the pursuit of quality.  Farmers bring their coffee cherries to their zone’s collection center.  Zone reps evaluate and buy fresh and ripe cherries.  Cafe Cocano pays a significant premium over the local market for these cherries.  From there, they begin the work of processing and drying the coffee. We’ve travelled to the northwest regularly since 2011; visiting farms, building raised beds and in 2020 we participated in the inauguration of a coffee storage depot.  

We have worked together to identify and eliminate defect and have evaluated each lot of coffee produced since 2011.  This project come a long way and are beyond excited and optimistic for the future.  This years harvest is evidence of the co-ops continued growth in terms of both quality and quantity produced.  This coffee has an incredibly heavy mouthfeel, great sweetness and a beautifully clean finish and aftertaste.  Please raise a glass to Cafe Cocano!