First of A Kind Coffee

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.

cafe solar honduras coffee

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


September 29, 2020

Research Library/Biblioteca de Investigación

September 22, 2020

Yoro Biological Corridor

September 20, 2020

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

September 11, 2013

Off-Grid Coffee Processing

August 15, 2012

Integrated Open Canopy (IOC)™

August 9, 2012

Off-Grid Essential Oil Extraction

July 24, 2012

Hermetic Storage/Treatment

July 23, 2012

Recent News & Articles

Challenges to Sustainability for the Coffee Industry

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According to coffee industry projections, in order to keep up with consumer demand, an area nearly the size of Honduras and Nicaragua combined will need to be converted to coffee…

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…

Conservación Soportada por el Mercado Mundial de Café en Honduras — Reporte técnico – marzo 24-30, 2019

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David King, USFS Northern Research Station  ( Reporte de gira de campo donde comunico las actividades realizadas durante mi viaje más reciente a Honduras. Los objetivos del viaje fueron: 1)…

Market-Based Forest Conservation in Honduras — Trip Report March 24-30, 2019

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David King, USFS Northern Research Station  ( Here I describe the activities during my recent trip to Honduras. The objectives of the trip were to 1) foster further cooperation between…