Let’s check out the history of coffee in Honduras. Coffee in Honduras seemed to have been introduced around the late 18th Century by the trade market. In the 19th Century, coffee growth was slow due to the fact that bananas were the main source of income for most farmers. But by the mid-20th Century coffee grew immensely with the help of the government.
The coffee industry of Honduras has dealt with many difficult challenges. The weather was/is one of the main challenges. Hurricane Mitch in 1998, destroyed more than 80% of agricultural fields in Honduras. After the hurricane, Honduras economic system did not do well. Due to the slow economy system, farmers would smuggle their coffee beans out of Honduras and sell them at a higher price to nearby countries like Guatemala. Exporting coffee out of Honduras decreased as the government began to tax the exportation of coffee, but this led to increased illegal exporting of coffee. The decrease of illegal coffee exportation was largely due to the fact that the government began to assists farmers with growing coffee crops. They helped by passing laws that helped farmers produce and access coffee in remote areas. One way that they helped was by creating roads to those remote areas.
IHCAFE, an advocacy of coffee, helped coffee grow by creating their coffee as a high-quality product in the international markets. Coffee from Honduras is grown in six different areas, each area creates a unique flavor and bodied. From 2011-2012, Honduras exported more than 4.1 million bags of coffee, talk about a growth! Although coffee exportation has declined, Honduras is still one of the top ten exporters of coffee in the world.
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