Do you love to drink coffee? Do you love to travel? We combine both in our coffee trips!
Join us on a journey through the rich cultural landscape surrounding coffee farming in Honduras. In our coffee farm tours experience the coffee farming process from "seeds to beans to brewing" and hear the stories about the triumphs and challenges from the proud and hardworking farmers themselves. Learn about the story behind the cup on a farm, and coffee will never taste the same again.
Looking for the ultimate caffeine fix? We create coffee-centric travel itineraries including multiple farm visits in different coffee regions, farmer meet-and-greets, and on-site coffee tastings, and local coffee shop crawls featuring independent coffee shop with local baristas bringing their creative passion to the cup.
Looking for a little coffee with your beach and rain forest adventure? We can also combine the coffee travel experience, a coffee tour with visits to ancient Mayan ruins, lush rain forest trail walks, mystical cloud forests hikes, lazy strolls in laid-back towns, and hammock time in secluded tropical beaches.
Remember that a journey to the coffee growing highlands of Honduras is an experience for all your senses.
These are some of our featured trip itineraries designed to provide you with a memorable travel experience incorporating coffee farm tours with the rich and diverse culture and natural landscapes of Honduras. Our coffee tours and on-site coffee tastings are an experience for all your senses.
We are very flexible and can also modify any current itinerary or create custom travel itineraries. Let us know what you are interested in doing and we will create a custom travel itinerary for your review.
Coffee farmers face many sustainability challenges including climate change, Leaf Rust disease, and volatile prices of coffee traded as a commodity in the world markets, among others. Many farmers look for creative solutions to overcome these challenges, by improving the quality of their beans, growing specialty coffee varieties, exploring direct trade channels, and adding alternative income sources to their farm operation, like coffee farm tours. One of the income source alternatives is a coffee tour, a type of agri-tourism activity that can provide a win-win scenario for the farmer and the visitors. Agritourism can provide income to farmers and their families reducing the pressure to emigrate from the coffee regions in search of jobs.
On our coffee trips, when you visit a coffee farm you will experience first hand, the process of growing, harvesting, processing and roasting quality coffee. The experiences are led by coffee farmers, local tour guides and entrepreneurs that are committed to sustainable tourism practices
The Choose Honduras Coffee Initiative (previously called Visit Honduras Coffee) is a travel marketing platform created and managed by Honduras Turismo y Marketing S.A., to design and promote coffee farm trips, that generate supplementary income to farmers and their families. We work with coffee farmers, specialty coffee shops, and local tour guides to offer amazing experiences that include:
Ivan from Finca Los Catadores near Marcala showing the different varieties of coffee in his farm.
Hondurans have been growing coffee since the colonial period - decades before achieving independence from Spain in 1821. Colonial records show that by the year 1804, a census by then Governor don Ramon de Anguiano declared: “Honduran coffee is of such quality as the one from Moka!” Coffees grown in Moka (now Mauritius) and Java (now Indonesia) were considered the best in the world in the 1800's.
The first record of coffee in Honduras appeared in the Guatemalan Gazette published on 12 September 1799, showing an importation of "3 barrels of coffee from Havana, Cuba onboard the Queen Luisa entering Honduras in the Port of Trujillo". This could be the seed origin of modern Honduran coffee cultivation.
Honduras is the 3rd largest grower of coffee in the world, behind Brazil and Vietnam. Coffee is extremely important to the Honduran economy, representing around 10% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and benefiting approximately 120,000 families. During the harvest season, the coffee industry employs 1 million people meaning that about 20% of the country’s population depends on coffee for their livelihood.
Honduran farmers have been working very hard to improve the quality of their coffee. This strategy allows them to obtain higher market prices and even access specialty coffee markets and auctions; reducing the volatile effects of commodity coffee world prices. In recent years quality coffees from Hondurans have broken price records at auctions: See HERE and HERE
Diversity is the name of the game. There are grand estates with more than 100 years of production history, and at the same time coffee producer co-ops utilizing the latest equipment and technology. From professional agronomists to self-taught small-scale farmers, everyone is bringing their own skills, ideas, and creativity to the table. Traditions, innovation, and modern technology live side by side on Honduran coffee farms.
Since 2005, Honduran coffee grown in the Marcala region, in the Department of La Paz, has been recognized as Central America’s first “designation of origin” registry for a food item. This is a very significant milestone that allows coffee farmers in Marcala the opportunity to market their specialty coffee with the DO Seal. Coffee from the Marcala region features a special flavor that is truly unique