Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (Cocafcal) or Capucas as they are better known, is situated on and around the Celaque mountain, which is the highest peak in Honduras. Celaque means ‘box of water’ in the local Lenca language, and the mountain is the source for many rivers and streams.
Capucas was founded in 1999 by Jose Omar Rodriguez and takes its name from the local town of Las Capucas. In 2004 Omar was chosen to become the general manager, a role he continues today.
The Cooperative works in 12 communities in the municipalities of San Pedro, Copan and Corquin, Copan. In 1999 they had 55 members, and today it has grown to over 75 members with community projects that benefit approximately 2,500 people. Active members are dedicated to growing sustainable conventional, organic and Fairtrade coffees.
Gravilea, cedar, liquidambar, citrus fruits and native cedar are the most common forms of shade tree, the coffee trees are cut to 180cm so they are easier to harvest by hand.