Maria Melva Rodriguez owns the farm Las Casitas in the Agua Caliente area of Corquin, Copan. The farm is less than one hectare of land, but is planted entirely with Caturra, all of which is maintained under the natural forest. Maria left Honduras a number of years ago to live in the USA, in search of a better life, but never felt integrated into society there and so decided to return to Honduras and start producing coffee, which she has done for the last 15 years.
Since she doesn't have much land production will never be sufficient to make a living from coffee selling through commercial routes, therefore she has decided to focus entirely on quality and maximise her earnings through investment in quality coffee production, and Maria has been assisted in this by Falcon and Aruco. Maria's coffees have improved over the three years we have been buying from her and have gotten more and more complex. With the increased income generated from microlot sales Maria has been able to regenerate areas of her farm and improve her living conditions.