Gerardo Mejia is a third-generation coffee farmer and the owner of Finca El Tontolo. He is one of the member producers of Cafés Especiales Mercedes Ocotepeque (CAFESMO). Varieties grown between 1150 and 1300 of his 21-hectare farmland are Parainema, Catuai, and Anacafé-14. Local trees, as well as banana and orange, cover most of the plantation in shade.
CAFESMO is a collective of 250+ smallholder farmers based in the Honduran coffee-growing region close to Guatemala and El Salvador.
Their coffee farms are bordered by the country’s highest peaks, Cerro Pital in the west, and the Guisayote National Reserve and the Pacayita volcano on the other side. The mountainous topography creates micro-climates beneficial to different coffees, such as Parainema, Pacas, Lempira, Catuaí, Obatá, Colombia, and IHCAFE90.
Their members’ harvests are processed in their own centralized facility, which has a wet mill, drying patios, a dry mill, and a cupping lab.