Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America. In 2011, Honduras produced around six million bags of coffee (one bag contains about 69 kg). More than Costa Rica and Guatemala combined.
The first coffee was grown around the year 1799, but it was not until 2001 that the country was able to greatly increase production. This was not possible before due to the weak infrastructure, also the focus was initially more on commodity coffee (ordinary supermarket coffee). Thanks to the establishment of the National Coffee Institute (IHCAFE) in 1979, the focus gradually shifted to increasing quality.
The flavor profile of Honduran coffees varies by region, but overall can be described as complex.
The combination of darker caramel notes associated with lighter, fruity and sweet flavors is a distinctive characteristic of Honduran coffees. Notes of apricot and chocolate are also frequently tasted from the coffees.