This annual microlot is the work of 22 young coffee producers, ages 15 through 39, from the Youth Committee of the Union de Organizaciones Ocotepecanas de Cafe (UNIOCAFE) who are participating in the Coffee Kids program.
UNIOCAFE is a producer association in the Ocotepeque region of Western Honduras, and its umbrella organization supports 28 producer groups, representing more than 1,000 farmers.
Since 2007, UNIOCAFE has invested in its producer network by providing training, financing and access to coffee buyers. In 2016, UNIOCAFE expanded its programs to focus on empowering youth, promoting gender equity and addressing climate change - and were identified as an ideal group for the Coffee Kids program to team with. Currently, UNIOCAFE provides young producers with best-practices training in coffee cultivation, cupping and coffee quality, as well as processing and preparation for export. At the same time, the youth are learning how to develop strong organizational and business skills.
For every pound of this coffee InterAmerican buys, they pay a 10 cent premium back to the producers.