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Zoom Celia Portillo's Washed Bourbon | Honduras
Zoom Celia Portillo's Washed Bourbon | Honduras

Celia Portillo's Washed Bourbon | Honduras

$18.00 CAD


Washed Bourbon¹
La Pacaya Farm, Pichingo, Comayagua, Honduras²

Celia Portillo manages a small 4-hectare farm high in Honduras' Comayagua Mountain Range called La Pacaya where she grows Bourbon and Typica varieties. The altitude, combined with Celia’s passion for coffee, creates a sweet, smooth-bodied cup filled with notes of sweet mandarin, raisin and light florals.

Until recently, producers in this region delivered their coffee in cherry to the nearby town to be sold for whatever price the local buyers would offer. This is the least risky and quickest way to be paid for coffee, but it is also the least profitable and most prone to exploitation as buyers set prices on a whim, leaving producers to take whatever they can get that day.

When told of the opportunity to change from the prevailing model, Celia was willing to begin transitioning away from the model she and her family have done for generations to process her coffee to parchment. With the assistance of Jesus 'Chungo' Galeas, Celia and fellow local producers have been working towards a more autonomous form of production in which they harvest, process, and dry their coffees so they can be sold to long-term committed buyers like P.S. Coffee.

¹ Processing & Varietal

Washed Bourbon
Cherries are picked daily by a team of 12 pickers, floated to remove defects, and depulped the same day. Once depulped, they are dried on raised beds in a solar dryer for 20 days.

² Region of Origin

La Pacaya (4 hectares) in Pichingo, Comayagua, Honduras
Altitude: 1750masl

We Support


Working with and purchasing directly from coffee growing communities so more profits go into the hands of coffee producers.

Not That

Using the prevailing model of direct investment to support the elite interests of major corporations so they gross massive profits and virtually none of this profit makes it to the local worker.

Being A Part of A New Legacy

Sourcing in Honduras

In the Montecillos mountain range that straddles the La Paz and Comayagua departments, coffee growing has been a principal income source for smallholders for years, if not generations.

For Celia, coffee is ingrained in her family heritage. Her husband, Clementino Ramirez, is the brother of Antonio Ramirez, who is locally considered the first person to begin cultivating coffee for commercial sale, and several of her family members continue to grow coffee including her son Disnel.

In the past, selling to local intermediaries may have been profitable or at least sustainable, but as costs of production have ramped up and global coffee prices have dropped, producers in Honduras are left making far less than one needs to maintain their business into the future. Given this situation, many producers face the difficult decision to sell their land or to migrate to the city or the United States. Celia has not been spared from this as both her husband and son have migrated in the past.

Semilla, our sourcing partner, purchases coffee from producers at a price with the aim of stemming the tide of this cycle. The hope is to provide a sustainable and highly profitable price so that coffee growers see their investment in coffee quality as a viable way to make a living. As always, these prices are arrived at in a consensus decision as opposed to offering a top-down price.

Our role as a roaster is to offer coffees on our menu from growers like Celia, who are taking the first steps on a path towards a more profitable and durable future as a smallholder in Honduras.

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The P.S. Coffee menu is made possible by grower communities and smallholder farmers in Rwanda, Honduras, Colombia and Guatemala. Through our sourcing sister-company Semilla, we hold long-term and consensus based partnerships with producers that have had zero or limited access to or knowledge of the specialty market.

These skilled and passionate professionals are redefining coffee production within their growing regions that have historically been underserved and overlooked despite being within well-respected coffee producing countries. Through community support networks, access to knowledge and capital and investment into physical and intellectual infrastracture, they are transitioning towards autonomy and away from the exploitative model they’ve mostly always known.

These are the people and communities you’ll meet through P.S. — and build connections with as we continue to support and purchase from them year after year.

Meet the P.S. Producer Network


All of the coffee on the P.S. menu is exclusively sourced with Semilla Coffee through the following principles:

Durable Relationships

All of Semilla’s relationships are formed with specific communities in underserved coffee growing regions within well-respected coffee production countries. Semilla identifies producer groups that have zero or limited access to or knowledge of the specialty market and takes on the requisite risk that comes with their transition into becoming specialty coffee producers with dedicated buyers across North America. Semilla’s commitment is to work only within the bounds of these groups, seeking to grow with them in pursuit of purchasing all of their production, year after year.

Best Prices, Defined by Producers

All coffees purchased by Semilla are purchased at the best locally available price. This is determined via communication with and understanding of local market dynamics, and prices are arrived upon via a consensus model in which the coffee growers and Semilla agree democratically on the best prices for all involved.

Traceability and Transparency 

Semilla’s commitment is to work with complete commitment to traceability and transparency along the value chain. This means full transparency of prices paid to the farmer (farmgate) as well as prices paid at port (FOB). Additionally, Semilla offers in depth information and context for each coffee, the producers who grew it, and the condition within which they work with each purchase. 


Semilla exclusively works in the specialty coffee realm, meaning all of the coffees purchase are above the quality levels offered  by conventional commodity or Fair Trade and Organic buyers. Quality is determined in reference to the Specialty Coffee Association and Coffee Quality Institute’s grading standards, with all coffees source for P.S. achieving a minimum of 85 points out of a possible 100. 


We are skeptic of most fair trade/organic/sustainability certifications. They often leave the financial burden on coffee producers who are, and let's be honest, not polluting anywhere near us folks in the Global North are.

Instead of focusing on these certification, we work towards a value system that uplifts everyone along the coffee supply chain. Through Semilla, our sourcing sister-company, we can connect directly with our coffee producer network to bring to life their ideas that come from, and work for, them towards a more sustainable, equitable value chain.