“Our results suggest that widespread adoption of IOC coffee could have a transformative effect in tropical agricultural landscapes by increasing forest cover while allowing for high agricultural yields.”
– Chandler et al. 2013. Conservation Biology Volume 27, pages 785-795
What is the Mesoamerican Development Institute?
Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) is a nongovernmental organization with offices in UMASS Lowell, Costa Rica and Honduras. MDI specializes in technology transfer and market development; we introduce renewable energy innovations for agro-productive industry to reduce costs and restore environments in rural Mesoamerica.
Mesoamerican Development Institute Projects
The establishment of the Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative by the government of Honduras was officially announced by Ángel Matute, director of the National Institute for Forest Conservation Protected Areas and…
It is now peak harvest season for Cafe Solar, which means that everyone in Honduras is working flat out. The 250 or so farm families high in the Yoro mountains…
It’s harvest time for Cafe Solar. All over those 250 or so coffee farms in the Yoro mountains, family members are busy dawn to dusk. They are picking coffee cherries,…
Every day, in harvest season, the co-op receives more “wet beans” — coffee beans now freed from the pulp and skin that enclosed them in the coffee cherry, but still…
Solar-Dried Coffee Will Change the World
Through research and development Mesoamerican Development Institute is on the path to make some big changes in the coffee industry. The team has developed a new solar-dried coffee. The solar-dried coffee gets red of the need to burn wood during the drying process. The coffee is also grown with a new method called Integrated Open Canopy (IOC). This protects tropical forests which creates rich biodiversity growing conditions around coffee farms.
Cafe Solar – The First Ever Solar-Dried Coffee
Cafe Solar is leading the way by implementing this new solar dried coffee technique. There coffee allows the consumer to choose and help the world by just drinking it. With the new method from Mesoamerican Development Institute thousand of hectares of tropical forest are protected and biodiversity is allowed to flourish.Learn More
Support Mesoamerican Development InstituteIncrease Sustainability in the Coffee Industry
Increase Support for Honduras Coffee Farmers
Increase Development in Forest-Friendly Farming Systems
Drinking Cafe Solar means you support the first off-grid coffee processing & export facility.
"Our results suggest that widespread adoption of IOC coffee could have a transformative effect in tropical agricultural landscapes by increasing forest cover while allowing for high agricultural yields."− Chandler et al. 2013. Conservation Biology Volume 27, pages 785-795