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Honduras Cup of Excellence 2006 San Pedro Sula

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Too much smellin' and something bad is bound to happen.
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Other nice flowers, just to prove there is more than coffee to honduras
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"I control the coffee broca with integrated management" - pretty catchy bumper sticker.
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Cooking bread for the farm
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A cupping of catuai from 900 to 1250 meters at the farm, plus a few other lots. Best coffee was a q-auction lot from another area.
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Two barrel electric probat sample roaster, not a cheap rig.
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A "Sivetz sample roaster" aka a heat gun and a funnel. Looks like a couple of home roasters I have seen.
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The absent workers.
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Natural weed control
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Not-so-natural weed control
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The worm beds - creating compost from coffee skin and pulp using the california red worm
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Bee hives on the farm
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A shaded tree with some very fresh blossom. This was an old typica tree at a higher altitude, a remainder from a long gone farm on the premises.
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Natural water piping
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Spindly old typica coffee under heavy shade
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The rest of the "tour"
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Katya from Russia with glamour eyewear and a new friend
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Evening at Finca Buenos Aires
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Outside the Mercado Gamilito in San Pedro Sula, willing models.
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She obliged the photo session, but probably couldn't wait till we left.
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Filip from sweden - making the face that scares the kids, eh?
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At the mercado guamilito flower booths, the lovely Elizabeth from Spain and Sandra from Colombia.
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Judging the final session, tallying up scores
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Thanking the great support staff
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Fruit sculpture at the award ceremony
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Crazy cut-up fruits
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The winner, Munir Hawat. the winning coffee, a pacamara cultivar ... quite a surprise to the growers and to some of the judges too.
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ext day, a trip to the winning farm, Finca Santa Marta in Yoro, in the Montana el Pijol range.
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Old train cars from the Dole factory, a good place to tie a horse ...
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... a friendly horse ...
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... a biting horse!
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The giant commercial coffee mill that was owned by the Hawat family until Hurricane Mitch struck. So much of the crop was damaged that they were forced to sell it to the bank.
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Caballero on his pedal powered steed.
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Another fine transport, and magnetic to boot.
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The farm house at Finca Santa Marta
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Kentaro Maruyama caught napping
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The farm courier
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Myself at the wining pacamara
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Flowering had just passed the week before, but hadn't fallen to the ground yet.
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El abuelo del Finca Santa Marta - a 70 year old typica tree

 

Yes, there is more! And the last page has the list of winning farms.

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