Beneficio San Marcos is situated in Ocotepeque, Sensenti valley which is developing a reputation as one of the Honduras’ finest coffee producing areas.
The majority of Ocotepeque’s smallholder farmers are organized into cooperatives. Beneficio San Marcos was (BSM) formed in 2013 with the intent to provide these cooperatives with much-needed services. For example, technical assistance, education, financial support, quality control and access to markets.
Most farmers in Ocotepeque can process and wash their coffees at their farms, but climate and terrain in high-altitude farming areas can make drying coffee difficult. The drying of parchment is a service Beneficio San Marcos offers to their farmers.
The dry milling, export and marketing services offers the farmers a good alternative to the larger exporters in Santa Rosa de Copan, three houra.
Part of the profits that BSM generate are used to create social impact in the local community. An example of this is the Coffee Academy that has been developed to achieve greater empowerment for future generations.
Beneficio San Marcos maintains several certifications including Fairtrade, Rainforest and Biolatina Organic, as well as conventional coffee.
Union has been working with Beneficio San Marcos since 2017.