The Marcala coffee region contains part of the Lenca Trail, a 76-mile route winding through Honduras’ western highlands, giving a window into the culture of the Lenca people. Many of the coffee farmers in this region are of Lenca descent and employ traditional methods to coax the best out of soil and trees. Marcala was the first Central American growing area to gain Protected Origin Denomination for coffee.
The region is also home to Café Organico Marcala, S.A. (COMSA). Since its formation in 2001, this coffee cooperative has brought about much positive change for their growing membership, which now numbers over 850. COMSA is passionate about organic and biodynamic, sustainable practices, and have been key in the ongoing battle with Roya, leaf rust, which saps coffee plants and eventually kills them. COMSA has recently created a special line of coffee grown exclusively by women farmers and sold under their own special label.