IHCafe90 by Olga Benitez in Marcala, Honduras
Producer: Olga Benitez
Origin: Marcala, Honduras
Exporter: Beneficio San Vicente
Harvest: Mar 2022
Tasting: bancha tea, herbal, nashi pear
Round and grounding, this lot from Olga Benitez reminds us of bancha tea, with pear sweetness and herbal complexity. Washed processed, this IHCafe90 cultivar was grown in Marcala, Honduras, near the boarder of El Salvador. Olga participates in the Cabañas drying project, which focuses on the longevity of green coffee as a result of meticulous drying on covered raised beds with excellent airflow.
Olga Benitez received just under a hectare of land from her father and has been producing coffee with her sons since 2009 on her farm, called “Eye of the water.”
IHCafe90 is a hybrid cultivar – an early seed selection of Catimor. It can be tasty, but the need for ample fertilization is key. I’ve seen as much as 50% of a person’s production lost because after the coffee is picked and depulped, there are empty parchment shells with no coffee inside. So it needs loads of fertilizer and good soil health to properly grow this variety.
This washed processed lot of IHCafe90 was depulped and fermented overnight, before being dried on raised beds in a controlled manner as part of Proyecto Cabañas, a quality improvement project from a friend, Juan Contreras. This quality improvement project started with Juan’s coffee for his farm in Santa Bárbara. With help from his family in Marcala, they use the same drying methodology of covered raised beds with ample airflow, making for green coffee that has an awesome shelf life. This project also assists in bringing up-and-coming producers to the world stage.
We brew all our coffees with municipal water that flows from our taps in Metro Vancouver. This municipal source is very soft, low ppm water (less than 30 TDS)
There are many alternative water recipes out there that will produce tasty cups if your water from the tap isn’t giving you good results. A good place to start is 1/2 strength Third Wave Water of around 60-70ppm (0.16g.-0.2g./L of TWW powder). Another great choice is the Light and Bright recipe from Lotus Water if you use that.
We make an effort to taste our coffees in a variety of ways, but mostly use cupping, V60, and Kalita 155 brews as our main ways of quality control and dialling in roast profiles. Our filter recipes can be found in our Journal here:
Roasted with filter coffee in mind, expect shots that are lighter in body and brighter in acidity than your typical espresso profile.