TEGUCIGALPA – In Honduras, Central America’s largest coffee producer, the preparation and presentation of coffee-based beverages has become the fashion among local producers who have tried their hand at the “art” to attract more customers.
That added value is drawing more Honduran producers into opening their own coffee bars and not just exporting the beans, and each such establishment needs an expert among its employees – or to teach them – to prepare artistically pleasing cups of the brew for retail consumption.
Nicaraguan coffee grower Mirko Cuculiza – the owner of Cafetano, a coffee bar located in Tegucigalpa – said as much to EFE, adding that his customers can enjoy “good coffee” when they walk in his door but they can also learn a bit about what goes into making a good cup.
“Cafetano ... offers good coffee,” and the customer can sample “any kind” of bean there, Cuculiza told EFE, adding that he has lived in Honduras for 38 years and is married to a local woman.
A couple of years ago, he began to become interested in the secrets of coffee, a passion that led him to open Caretano in June 2015.
He emphasized that up to now almost all the production of special and organic coffee in Honduras has been exported to the big markets in the US, Germany, Belgium and Sweden.
But the 48-year-old Cuculiza decided to offer premium coffees to local customers at Cafetano, coffees he produces on the Miravella farm located in the town of Guaimaca, 65 kilometers (40 miles) east of the capital.
In addition to providing steaming cups of delicious and delicately-flavored coffees, Cuculiza also can “draw” a cute image – smiling faces, hearts, flowers, animals and other things – in the surface foam in just a few seconds before serving it to customers.
A similar idea is the guiding light behind Plaza Cafe, where visitors can enjoy one of the best coffees produced in Honduras and prepared by professional “baristas.”
Honduran citizen Roberto Guerra, the 26-year-old owner of Plaza Cafe and eight coffee plantations, opted to place a special touch on the family business opened four years ago in the western city of Gracias by ensuring that customers enjoy a cup of coffee “of the same quality as that enjoyed in ... Europe, the US and Asia” complete with a cute image drawn in the foam.