The COMSA Bee Project started as an initiative to provide another means of income to over 500 coffee farmers when Honduras, Marcala La Paz was hit with Roya – Coffee Rust.  This is the Bee Project's 4th year, and we can see how beneficial it has become to the COMSA members.  When our Licensed Q Grader, Woody, visited COMSA this past March, he was able to see first-hand the benefits of the Bee Project.  He was also able to meet with our Fair Trade contact, Sonia Vasquez, while he was there.  Here are her thoughts on the next phase of this initiative:

“I am enthusiastic to continue this project in the La Victoria neighborhood. I also want to maintain the established training center “Rincon del Saber” and projects in other neighborhoods in Marcala, where people in the community are themselves managers, who are prepared to integrate beekeeping practices among coffee production as a means of improving their livelihoods. A community fund should be established after the first honey harvest and sale to continue funding the project well beyond One Village Coffee’s contribution.  In this way the community can use the fund to build up a "living bank". Honey products can be sold and pay directly for other essential goods and services needed for the project.” Sonia Vasquez, COMSA.

THIS YEAR'S GOAL | COMSA is looking to bring a beekeeping technician, all the way from Uruguay to Honduras, in November.  He be will offering different training sessions that show best practices on all things Honey Bee's, to the Co-op members.


  1. Honey was collected, and recipes were added for the use of medicinal and nutritional purposes. Fair Trade USA estimates that each hive will produce 10-15 kg of honey a year. 
  2. Information was distributed on the significance of conservation activities that do not destroy the environment. 
  3. Training was provided in bee biology and behavior, beekeeping equipment, bee and hive management, harvesting & handling and the marketing of honey.

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Photo credit by Fair Trade USA - The COMSA Co-op Honduras, Marcala

Roastery Renovations | pt. 2

As One Village Coffee is getting closer to the move in date for the new space, I wanted to take some time to stop, reflect, and be in the moment.  It took a lot for me to realize that it is ok to acknowledge the accomplishments, learning curves, and struggles that went into developing this space.  This process has been a challenging but rewarding experience.  We spent a lot of time researching, getting advice from others, and pouring who we are as a company, into what we were creating.  Not only that but the support you (the faithful coffee drinker) gave us at One Village Coffee has helped in more ways than I can even express. 



Once we began to see the space mold together, it finally started becoming more and more real.  The character of each room really emerged, which allowed the decision making process to flow at a much more natural pace.



This Friday One Village Coffee will be given the keys and the moving will begin.  There still is a lot of work needed and more details to decide, but I couldn't be happier with how everything has come together.  Raise a mug with me, to a fresh start in a fresh space!  We cannot wait to share it with you, and to show you around.

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 Until next time  ~  Jess L.