Finca Dulce Luna is our special offering from the Dulce Luna farm in the Marcala region of Honduras. Grown by Dulce Marlen Contreras and her family, this Red/Yellow Catuai variety is harvested between November and March at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level (MASL). From the moment we tasted this coffee, we knew we had something exceptional on our hands. Each cup overflows with notes of strawberries, cotton candy, and honeycomb.
The woman behind Finca Dulce Luna, Dulce Marlen Contreras, is a strong and compassionate leader with a storied career as a leading voice in the Marcala coffee industry. Dulce founded a female coffee growers cooperative in the 1990’s, and she worked with her husband to create the Denominación de Origen organization to distinguish Marcala coffee from other regions and to promote collective empowerment of local producers.
Most recently, Dulce founded the 18 Rabbit Export company, which she named after the 13th ruler of the Mayans. Her family-run business produces top-rated coffee using biodynamic farming techniques where every decision is made considering biological, spiritual, and social impacts to the people, animals, and land on the farm. Their holistic ecosystem approach creates healthier land that allows their coffee to flourish year after year. We’re huge fans of the 18 Rabbit team and we can’t wait for you to taste this special coffee from Finca Dulce Luna!
FLAVOR PROFILE: fruity & balanced
WE TASTE: strawberry, cotton candy, honeycomb
OUR FAVORITE BREWING METHODOLOGY: Hario V60, AeroPress
Farm: Dulce Luna
Department: La Paz
VARIETY: Red/Yellow Catuai
GROWING ALTITUDE: 1,400 MASL (meters above sea level)
MILLING PROCESS: Natural
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At Succulent Coffee Roasters, we value our partners and seek out any opportunity to highlight their stories. “Finca Dulce Luna” is part of our Transparent Trade Collection and as such, the featured photos give you a behind-the-scenes look at the farm and the people behind the delicious coffee.
Coffee producer Napoleon Contreras Zelaya explaining how biodynamic fertilizer is made by filling a bull horn with organic matter and burying it in the ground..
Dulce Marlen Contreras is the matriarch of the 18 Rabbit Coffee company who supplies this amazing biodynamic coffee.
Juan has been picking coffee at the Dulce Luna farm for the past nine seasons. He can typically pick 100 pounds of cherries per day, which translates to about 300 cups of coffee.
Coffee Importer Joey Stazzone working with Napo to improve fermentation techniques for the Dulce Luna natural coffee.
Coffee producer Flhor de Maria Zelaya Contreras started in the family business when she was just five years old. Today she runs the 18 Rabbit Coffee company, which is committed to sustainable and just farming practices.