Lempira, “Lord of the Mountains,” was a Lenca chieftain of legendary prowess who united 200 indigenous tribes to resist Spanish conquistadores. Though he was killed in the conflict, and the uprising perished with him, his name lives on in many forms: Honduras’ national currency, the Lempira department, and a variety of coffee tree.
Located in the west of Honduras and sharing their northern and northeastern borders with Copan, Ocotepeque, and Santa Barbara coffee regions, the Lempira region is rugged and isolated. Still home to the Lenca people, Lempira grows some exceptional coffees on those high, remote and tree-covered mountains. Honduran coffees from this region tend to be clean and mild, overall less acidic than other Central American origins, carrying a distinct sweet caramel and undertones of chocolate.