Introducing Cafe Solar – Coffee Processed Using Renewable Energy Technology


 Try The Sustainable Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Created From Mesoamerican Development Institute Research

Buy it here on the Cafe Solar online store

Café Solar® Fair Trade, Organic Coffee:

  • Processed Using Renewable Energy Technology (Manufactured in Massachusetts)
  • High Quality, Strictly High Grown (SHG)
  • Stored and Shipped in Hermetic Liners to Prevent Mold and Ochratoxin A
  • Supports Women Managed Cooperative & Green Factory
  • Supports the Introduction of Forest-Friendly Integrated Open Canopy Production (IOC)
  • Increasing Demand for Café Solar® is Central to the Co-Management Program to Reduce Clearing of Cloud Forest in the Buffer Zone of Pico Pijol National Park, Yoro, Honduras
  • Building on award-winning collaborative international research, MDI is participating and managing field research for the Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative with participants from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and the University of Massachusetts in a wide range of disciplines.


Rise and Shine

At this time, our consumer choices are having a significant impact on our future and Cafe Solar® presents a bright opportunity. It allows consumers to transform an everyday action—drinking coffee—into a powerful act of positive change.

A first-of-its-kind coffee, Cafe Solar® is solar-dried using innovative renewable energy technology. It emerges from a progressive program that is seeking to scale-up to a landscape level in the coffee region of the Yoro Biological Corridor with potential to protect thousands of hectares of tropical forest and making social waves by putting women in important leadership positions. It’s grown using a new system of agriculture that has been proven to support the greatest biodiversity; and it’s traded within a simplified supply chain that adds economic value for everyone.

Essentially, the goal of Cafe Solar® is to better coffee by giving consumers a better option.


A Coffee Unlike Any Other

Cafe Solar® coffee embodies a unique quality that results from efforts to improve each stage of the coffee’s production.

It is the first coffee to be processed using 100 per cent clean, renewable energy with solar and locally produced biofuels. Patented high-efficiency drying towers allow for industrial drying using renewable energy. The dryers operate at ideal temperatures and duration (ensuring uniform drying), and the entire process is subject to careful quality control.

Cafe Solar® is grown using a new system of agriculture, called Integrated Open Canopy(tm)  (IOC), which protects tropical forests and creates rich, bio-diverse forest habitat around coffee farms. Certified Organic (grown without the use of chemicals), Cafe Solar® makes use of organic fertilizer derived from coffee pulp. This coffee pulp, which often goes to waste, is a natural by-product of coffee processing that is now recycled in order to fertilize Cafe Solar® coffee.

Cafe Solar® is a certified Fair Trade coffee. It is sourced directly from the co-operative and represents an exclusive and licensed offering, which links the grower to the consumer. The goal of this type of trade is to achieve a more transparent, economically sustainable exchange of goods.

Origin: Subirana, Yoro, Honduras

The Cup: Perfectly balanced between full body and pleasing acidity; this coffee is exceptionally smooth. Toasted caramel aromas combined with a sweet syrupy texture contribute to a lasting finish.

Elevation: 1100-1600m

SCAA Rating: 85


An Exchange in Which Everyone Benefits

The Cafe Solar® program is founded on the belief that the best coffee is one that benefits each and every hand it passes through. Built on two decades of hard work, Cafe Solar® strives to improve each link in its supply chain; starting with the way in which the coffee is grown and processed, and ending in how it is traded, roasted and consumed.

Pioneering Solar-Dried Coffeemesoamerican-development-solar-dried-coffee
Much of typical coffee processing is energy intensive and fueled by burning wood from tropical forests. In fact, roughly 3 sq. cm of rainforest is destroyed for each cup of coffee we consume (due to conventional coffee drying methods).

To address this problem, Cafe Solar® is pioneering solar-dried coffee. It’s the first coffee to be industrially processed using 100 per cent clean, renewable energy.  The completely off-grid technology was designed and engineered by non-profit Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI), and is now managed and operated by Cooperative COMISUYL, in Honduras.

Protecting Tropical Forest
Taking an innovative approach to forest protection, MDI and COMISUYL are now co-managing Pico Pijol National Park in Yoro Honduras with the Honduran Forest Service and surrounding municipalities.

Together, they’ve implemented a new system for farming coffee, called Integrated Open Canopy (IOC), which benefits cloud forest surrounding coffee farms and allows them to map out corridors of protected forest area to support maximum biodiversity. Regenerating forest areas around the coffee farms help maintain watersheds while IOC increases yields over shade coffee.

Trading Direct and Serving it Fresh
Cafe Solar® is traded directly and ethically by MDI’s Cafe Solar Alliance Partners. Cafe Solar® is stored and shipped in bags with hermetic liners in order to preserve quality and prevent the absorption of moisture and subsequent development of mold and ochratoxin.

This exchange is completed by a freshness policy that directly benefits consumers. All roasted coffee orders of Cafe Solar® are guaranteed fresh-roasted by one of our partner roasters, and come stamped with the roast date on the bag. This freshness factor allows consumers to get the best flavour and the most health benefits from their daily brew.

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