Coffee and Geotourism
FROM THE EDITOR
We begin this latest issue with great news, the exportation of coffee rebounded by 22% during the 20142015 harvest, which represents a 1.4 million growth over recorded numbers from 20132014. The total sales for 2014-2015 came out to 6.3 million.
This proves that coffee farmers in Honduras have maintained their high standards. Honduran coffee has reached such far corners as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Holland, France, United States, Korea and Japan. It is not necessary to travel to these remote countries in order to enjoy quality coffee, rather you can do so right in Honduras complemented by a unique experience in coffee plantations. It is precisely thanks to a project known as the Coffee Route in Honduras that several farms and cooperatives in some coffee growing regions of Honduras have joined forces to display their passion for the entire process that involves cultivation and coffee tasting.
The project began in 2012 at a consulting level by IHCAFE, and it was not until November 2013 that this institution, along with the Honduran Institute of Tourism, IHT, both signed an agreement to promote the consumption of coffee produced by small and medium coffee growers throughout hotels in the country. One of the project’s goals is to develop the link between the economic development and the association of tourism and coffee, based on the diversification of coffee plantations in zones of great influence, including its various partners and rural communities to guide the development of sustainable tourism in the region. In other words, the goal is to showcase the life of farmers by demonstrating first hand experience of planting, tending, harvesting and production of coffee.
You can also explore the surrounding areas and experience various activities that are available at sites of historical, natural and touristic value. Another important fact worth noting is that birdwatching is being considered a new alternative for coffee growing regions that require it. As you can see, the Coffee Route is a full experience worth exploring. It involves diving into the entire process in order to appreciate the value of a cup of coffee. Don’t forget to embark on your journey with a good sip of Honduran coffee.