A Java Lover’s Guide to Honduras Most Delicious Coffee Blends
Whether you take your coffee black, with a touch of cream, piping hot or totally iced, we can all agree that this source of caffeine is more than just a way to load up on energy first thing in the morning – at this point, it’s more like a lifestyle choice. But, when it comes to diving, this caffeinated beverage is a big no-no. Given its diuretic nature, coffee can lead to dehydration and headache (among others) which are never a good sign for your bottom times.
However, when you are in Roatan, Honduras, saying no to a cup of freshly brewed java feels like a total waste of your caffeine-loving taste buds. This Central American country has a long history with coffee beans, the production of which has increased dramatically over the past few years. Considering the country’s poverty status and financial turmoil, that’s fantastic news, but the real question is: What’s so special about Honduras’ locally grown coffee beans?
Location, Location, Location – The Need-to-Know
To fully understand why Honduran coffee can readily compete against heavyweights in the field such as Brazil and Colombia, we need to take a look at the country’s unique geographic location, topography, and climate. In fact, even though Honduras is mostly known for its blue waters and sandy beaches, 80% of the country’s terrain is covered with mountains and highlands. Combine this topographic privilege with a tropical wet climate in both the Caribbean and Pacific lowlands, and you’ve got a foolproof recipe for the tastiest coffee beans around.
How to Order the Best Coffee in Honduras
Like most coffee varieties that are grown throughout Central America, Honduran coffee comes with a wide range of flavor profiles. So, whether you are a fan of sweet/fruity brews or prefer something more acidic, this country has you covered. In fact, here are the 6 most common coffee variations found in Honduras based on the region they’ve been produced.
Thanks to the region’s high altitude and low temps, Copan’s coffee has a sweet scent to it and features strong notes of chocolate, citrus, and caramel. It’s also known for its delicate acidity and creamy texture. Some of the most popular variations include Caturra, Bourbon, and Catuai. So, if you are looking for a brew with fruity notes, Copan’s coffee varieties should be your go-to option.
Situated near another coffee titan, El Salvador, Montecillos is known for producing brews for a more sophisticated audience. Nights here tend to be cold, so coffee beans tend to grow more slowly than usual. This approach increases the coffee’s mineral and nutrient uptakes and, thus, allows it to develop a more robust flavor. What’s also unique about the brews from this region is that they often taste of citrus, caramel, and apricot and have a distinctive velvety body. If you want to introduce your palate to something different and exotic, this region’s variations are exactly what you need.
Comayagua produces by far the most flavorful coffee varieties in Honduras. People from all over the world have described the region’s brews as fruity with notes of peach, mango, honey, orange, jasmine, lime and much more. Comayagua’s blend is also popular for its addictively rich body. The most common varieties here include Bourbon, Typica, and Parchi.
One of the most distinct characteristics of Opalaca is that the coffee produced here features a wide range of flavors. So, you can expect anything from a sweet, mango-tasting brew to a cup of coffee with strong aromas and complex acidity. Of course, that’s to be expected from a region with high altitude and low temps.
With scents of caramel, chocolate, and tropical fruits, Agalta’s coffee is a must-try for any java lover. Thanks to its mild, sweet aftertaste and rich body, this brew is perfect for everyday consumption, especially after a big lunch or dinner. The region’s most common varieties include Bourbon, Typica, and Caturra.
- El Paraiso
If you are looking for a cup of coffee with a velvety/creamy body and a sweet aftertaste, then El Paraiso’s brews are where your search ends. This region is known for producing varieties with intense floral aromas and flavors that may often remind you of green apples, blueberries, orange, white wine and much more.
Which of these variations has your coffee-loving taste buds tingling? Let us know in the comment section down below!