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Solar-dried using innovative renewable energy technology.


No Burning Of Wood

New drying method to eliminate the need of burning forests.


What is the Mesoamerican Development Institute?

Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) is a nongovernmental organization with offices in Honduras and Lowell. 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.

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Increase Sustainability in the Coffee Industry
Increase Support for Honduras Coffee Farmers
Increase Development in Forest-Friendly Farming Systems

“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



Through research and development the Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) is on the path to make some big changes in the coffee industry. The team has introduced solar/biofuel industrial scale drying technology. The renewable energy technology gets red of the need to burn wood during the drying process.  MDI is also preparing to scale up our model of coffee cultivation that restores and conserves forest habitat on private lands (coffee farms). The method called Integrated Open Canopy™ (IOC) is coupled with carbon-neutral processing to provide carbon offsets as incentive for adoption. Forest-friendly coffee production and processing in harmony with threatened national parks in Honduras is foundation of our Café Solar® coffee program.

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Mesoamerican Development Institute Projects


Research Library/Biblioteca de Investigación

Yoro Biological Corridor

Co-Manager of Pico Pijol National Park, Yoro, Honduras

Off-Grid Coffee Processing

Integrated Open Canopy (IOC)™

Off-Grid Essential Oil Extraction

Hermetic Storage/Treatment

Recent News & Articles

Coffee & Deforestation

Sustainability Update from the Coffee Regions of the Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative

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Recent legislation from the European Union that would ban coffee imports from coffee farms that are found to have contributed to deforestation from 2020 forward is forcing the coffee industry…

Dr. Jane Goodall Offers to Join Advisory Board to Promote Restoration of Forests in Parks and Connecting Coffee Regions in Honduras

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Letter of Support from Dr. Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace Lowell, Massachusetts – Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane…

Challenges to Sustainability for the Coffee Industry

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Increasing Coffee Production in the Department of Yoro, Honduras According to coffee industry projections, in order to keep up with consumer demand, an area nearly the size of Honduras and…

Forest Conservation in the Coffee Regions Linking Eight National Parks: the Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative

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As coffee demand for coffee increases, forests in Central America are cleared to make way for coffee farms. As a region, Central America is the second largest coffee producer after…