Producer Profiles

COMSA - Café Orgánico Marcala

Miriam Ester, 3 years old
Amanda Cálix in the nursery
Café Orgánico Marcala S.A. (COMSA) was founded and constituted as part of the Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable (Anonymous Society of Varying Capitol) on December 13, 2001 with support from the Rural Business Development Foundation (FUNDER) in Honduras. COMSA was born with the vision of doing something different. It began with a group of 69 small Honduran producers interested in commercializing about 1,537 quintals of the utmost quality coffee to markets, primarily international, with the best trade terms. Today, COMSA commercializes about 58,561 quintals of green coffee, all organic, with unique qualities such as slight acidity, a citrus floral fragrance, peach and black berry flavors, medium body amongst others. With the support of Fair Trade premiums, COMSA continues to incorporate new, more environmentally safe agricultural practices and spread new techniques and knowledge to more producers every year.


Access to Services and Basic Needs

COMSA invested $94,146 in the education of members’ children, a big part of the organization’s strategy.

Reliable Production

COMSA invested $593,990 in three projects that included activities around recovering farms affected by coffee leaf rust that covered around 348 members to increase their productivity by 35% on average. The threat of roya also prompted COMSA to make drastic changes to the traditional farming lifestyle. Generally COMSA’s members’ only source of income was from their coffee sales, which left anything else they grew as just enough for consumption. COMSA prioritized capacitating members in developing a diversification strategy with the goal of generating separate and sustainable revenue streams. They are in their second year of a two-year, joint project, together with assistance from Heifer International. New sources of income include bee-keeping and farmers’ markets.

Organizational Strength and Stability

COMSA invested $901,761 in providing administration the tools necessary to provide better service to producers and handle the appropriate volume of operations to serve the management team.