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 UMass 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 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. With this new solar method from Mesoamerican Development Institute, thousand of hectares of tropical forest are protected and biodiversity is allowed to flourish.

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Mesoamerican Development Institute Projects

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


July 20, 2012

Hybrid Solar/Biofuel Coffee Dryer

July 17, 2012

Recent News & Articles

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…

Presentación del Corredor Biológico Yoro

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El Corredor Biológico de Yoro presenta una solución para resolver la principal amenaza de los parques nacionales, el bosque nublado y las cuencas hidrográficas que proveen agua municipal y energía…