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INTRODUCING HONDURAS COFFEE INNOVATION (HCI), created to support Honduras Specialty Coffee.

Main goal of Honduran Coffee Innovation(HCI) is to bring inspiration and innovation to Honduran coffee producers and roasters.
The mission of Honduras Coffee Innovation(HCI) is to assist small to midsize coffee producers to produce the best quality of Honduran specialty coffees and to promote their coffees in major consumer markets. HCI also hopes to increase internal consumption of good quality coffees. This mission will result in an increase of the producers’ cup quality and income for their families and local community and broaden the consuming horizon of Honduras Specialty Coffee.
Future projects include an innovative wet mill and micro dry mill, building a database for Specialty coffee buyers in consumer markets, combining coffee industry with tourism by creating regional coffee competitions such as Oro de Santa Barbara. HCI members plan to introduce SCA certified specialty coffee courses for Barista and Roasters and define additional projects increasing specialty coffee retail market in Honduras. Local Associations, farmers, cafes and roasters have done an amazing job, HCI is dedicated to support those efforts and offer additional resources.
HCI Board consists of volunteer specialists in farming, cupping, roasting, exporting and extensive knowledge of the consumer marketplace. Other industry experts will join in as advisors.
HCI first pilot project is a coffee competition and auction, Oro de Santa Barbara, which will take place during the Festival of Coffee April 27 and 28 in Santa Barbara, Honduras.
Executive Team and Advisors of HCI. Ricardo Antonio Álvarez Arias (Honduras): Vice President of Honduras, HCI Co-Founder & Executive Board Member. Eung Zoo Yon (USA / Korea): HCI Co-Founder & Board Member, Lab Coffee and Roasters, CQI Q-grader, COE International Judge, SCAA Instructor, SCA Trainer Barista / Roaster / Brewer, Scentone Intermediate Coffee Flavorist. E.Z. will act as Senior Advisor for international growth, in-country development and identifying new projects and opportunities. Domingo Rosales Amaya (Honduras) HCI Board Member, Finca Montes De Agua Hn. Manager Finca Montes De Agua (USA, EUROPA), Sales Manager, Beneficio Rosales, Alumno de Escuela de Catadores de Honduras. Domingo will act as regional advisor in wet mill and local point person for Oro de Santa Barbara. Sherri Johns (USA): HCI Board Member, International Consultant, WholeCup Coffee, Scentone Instructor, Past SCAA and IWCA Board Director, Past WBC Head Judge & Judges Committee. Sherri will act as International Coordinator & Head Judge in Oro de Santa Barbara and member of Executive Team of HCI and new project development. Kyu Dan (Chili / Korea): HCI Board Member, Dans Specialty Coffee Roaster, Q Grader, IBS & IIAC Trainer, IIAC. Supporter of Oro de Santa Barbara and new project development.

For more information about HCI, please contact E.Z. Yon at ezyon@labcoffee.com, Sherri Johns at sjohnswholecup@aol.com, or Domingo Rosales at drosalesamaya@gmail.com.

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