Beneficio Santa Rosa is an exporter and dry mill, located in Santa Rosa de Copán. Santa Rosa services organised producer groups, cooperatives, producer associations and large as well as small independent producers in the region. The mill receives coffee in parchment form, either wet or (partially) dried. Its main job is to prepare the coffee to export standards. Santa Rosa makes sure the coffee meets the international standards in terms of moisture content, grade, and hence cup quality. The role of a dry mill in the production of quality is not often highlighted.

At Beneficio Santa Rosa, trucks arrive daily with the coffee from its various suppliers. The lot receives a traceability tag so it can be followed and identified all along the processing chain. The quality team at the mill evaluates a sample of the lot and determines the price in correspondence with the quality. Beneficio Santa Rosa produces certified coffees, conventional qualities (SHG, HG) and specialty grade microlots. Each category has a different price premium. Beneficio Santa Rosa has various certifications to guarantee its commitment to the environment and the community. The mill is certified by RFA, FT, Organic, UTZ, Cafe Practices and Bird Friendly certification bodies.

Santa Rosa de Copán is Honduras westernmost coffee-growing region. The altitude in the region runs from 1100 to 1600 meters above sea level. Traditional varieties on the plantations across the region are Bourbon, Catuai and Caturra. Producers process their coffee by the traditional fully washed process. The parchment is dried on patios afterwards. The harvesting season runs from December to March.

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Honduras, Central America


Copan, Honduras


SHG (Strictly High Grown)/EP (European Preparation)


Various smallholder producers around Copan, dry milled and exported by Beneficio Santa Rosa


Washed Arabica



Weight of Bags



1,100 to 1,600 meters (SHG)


Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai

Harvest / Season

December to February

Processing Method

Fully Washed and Sundried on patios


Cup Profile

New container arriving in Durban 30 May 2021