Don Raul Welchez purchased Finca Santa Isabel back in the early 1950s. Always a man of vision, he was already a farmer who loved and appreciated good coffee. Despite the volatility of coffee prices, Don Raul’s gradual efforts paid off as his coffee gained a reputation for quality. In the 1970s, he expanded further, offering coffee to customers throughout Honduras.
In the mid 90s, his two sons developed the proprietary Café Coffee Welchez brand. Finca Santa Isabel is still run by Don Raul’s two children.
Bringing special and certified coffees to market, PROEXO is committed to finding ways to increase productivity. The organization has an eye towards accessing differentiated markets. Incorporating clean technologies that protect the environment, they work to improving socio-economic conditions for producers in the western region of Honduras.
Founded in 2004, Beneficio Santa Rosa strives to reach the highest quality standards. Their multidisciplinary team works to preserve and protect coffee quality, offering support and training for their producers throughout each step until the process is finished at the Beneficio Santa Rosa mill. All this earns them the “Quality Exporters” designation.
Mercon Specialty is a specialty green coffee supplier. “We source the finest quality coffee through sustainable practices across the entire supply chain – from growing to roasting. We believe every coffee has a story, which is why we specialize in sourcing micro-lot, estate-grown, and premium coffees from thousands of small producers in our network. Being well connected allows us to directly impact the livelihood of coffee producers and their communities alike – which means we’re able to offer more innovative solutions and better service to our partners and our customers.”
The Guerra Chinchilla family has been cultivating coffee for more than 125 years. Their farm, Finca Santa Elena, lies between San Gabriel and El Espinal village in the San Juan municipality, Department of Intibuca, Honduras. Renowned for fully traceable, high quality lots, they cultivate more than 14 coffee varieties – Pacamara, Icatu, Parainema, Lempira, Bourbon, Typica, IHCafe90, Catuaí, among them. Finca Santa Elena utilizes technology along with traditional and innovative milling and production systems.
Founded on July 20, 2000, Cooperativa de Productores de Café La Encarnación is located in the municipality of La Encarnación, Ocotepeque. The coop was created to improve the social, economic, and cultural status of its members and their community. COPROCAEL seeks to increase coffee production and marketing, stimulating savings and investments, and to expand the Honduran cooperative movement.
CAFICO produces and markets some of the best coffees in Honduras. Working alongside producing partners, they provide an accessible direct trade approach for national and international coffee buyers. Reducing intermediation with local actors helps stabilize coffee prices. CAFICO aims to obtain fair prices, making good use of resources while respecting the social and human rights of the people who make up the coffee supply chain.