Producer Profiles

COMSA - Café Orgánico Marcala

COMSA producers pose for the photo.
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.
 

Quotable

We invest our Fair Trade Premiums in sustainable activities for COMSA, the producers, their children, and the young people in the communities we influence in order to contribute to the recovery of values and culture, as well as support educational, social, environmental and economic development initiatives.  

Sonia Mercedes Vásquez Medina

The most important aspect from Fair Trade Certification has been the growth of our company with regards to the education of our members, especially in areas such as organic agriculture, business development and infrastructure and equipment improvement; as well as community training on how to use and manage their local resources.  

Sonia Mercedes Vásquez Medina

Programs

Education by Radio

COMSA enrolled 111 students (56 children of producers) in the Honduran Institute for Education by Radio (IHER). The institute allows students to study beyond the elementary level in absence of secondary schools in the region.

Certification & Organic Agriculture Workshops

Fair Trade premiums in 2013 financed an estimated 80 producers participation in professional training workshops including “Making a Living with Organic Agriculture,” “Soil Microbiology,” “Cupping and Quality Control,” and “Fair Trade and Organic Standards.”