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HAND IN HAND - Hawit Caffex / Honduras


Since 2010, Rapunzel Naturkost has been sourcing organic Arabica coffee from Hawit Caffex in Honduras.

Since 2015 the partnership has been sealed with the HIH certificate. The coffee for Rapunzel is produced by the two farming cooperatives Comisajul and Caruchil.

cultivated in the highlands


In Honduras Arabica coffee is grown in the highlands at altitudes ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 meters. In the farming cooperatives of Caruchil and Comisajul the coffee is cultivated by approximately 300 farmers. In addition to growing coffee the farmers also have other sources of income such as the cultivation of cereals or cattle farming.

The coffee is harvested by hand – only mature, red coffee cherries are picked from the coffee tree. Subsequently, the red pulp is removed and the coffee beans are dried in the sun.

In the processing plant of Hawit Caffex, located near the megacity of San Pedro Sula, the parchment surrounding the bean is removed mechanically. After hulling the beans are shipped to Germany for roasting.
 
The red pulp of freshy harvested coffee cherries is removed prior to drying in the sun.
The red pulp of freshy harvested coffee cherries is removed prior to drying in the sun.




social aspects


Thanks to the HIH program both the farmers in the cooperatives and the staff of Hawit Caffex enjoy better working conditions than most agricultural workers in Honduras. Thanks to the HIH partnership with Rapunzel, these structures can continue to prosper.

Hawit Caffex focuses on fair wages and environmentally sound work processes.

Protected from the rain with a sheet the coffee beans are directly dried in the sun
Protected from the rain with a sheet the coffee beans are directly dried in the sun



Some examples:
  • The workers’ wages at Hawit Caffex are 15 percent higher than the national minimum wage.
  • The cooperatives support their members by providing training in organic farming methods and the enhancement of soil fertility.
  • Hawit Caffex provides a cafeteria and recreational rooms for their employees.
  • Education for the children of the cooperative members plays an important role. The company provides scholarships for pre-schools and secondary education and has a program against child labor. Classroom materials are partially financed with the HIH bonus.

 
Rapunzel on site: Barbara Altmann, head of raw material sourcing visiting the cooperative Caruchil
Rapunzel on site: Barbara Altmann, head of raw material sourcing visiting the cooperative Caruchil





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