Our Story

It has been more than 25 remarkable years since our company was founded by the dreams and vision of the Dunaway family. In 1985, Walter & Sheri, founded Beneficio Maya in a mountain town in western Honduras called Santa Rosa de Copan. They began to purchase locally shade grown coffee, as Walter personally visited the villages and farms in order to buy directly from the growers. As the company grew, a few years later our own coffee plantations were established as well as our coffee export brokerage, INAGINSA.  Even today, Walter still works closely with our coffee producers and sellers, and our personal touch continues to set us apart.

The beginings of our brands came when a small batch of our best green coffee was ground using a 40-year-old hand crank and roasted on a clay griddle over a wood-burning stove in Honduras’ traditional manner. This batch was given out to family and friends, and the response was incredibly positive. Next, we purchased a German Probat roasters and a professional grinder and began roasting small batches of the finest organic coffee to order.

Cafe Copan was born in 1996, as a premium coffee brand marketed at high-end grocery stores and touristic places across the country. This success paved the way for the launch of the Cafe San Marcos Supremo brand, with similar success of its predecesor. In early 2000’s, Copan Trade, our subsidiary in the United States was created to open a direct gateway to the North American market.

So far it has been a great journey, with many experiences and relationships that have made who we are today. Quality control and personal attention to our family of producers and customers are the pillars of our business. Our spirit is more important than unfettered growth. We take pride in each order we roast as well as the sustainable farming practices in our farms, preserving the rainforest and its biodiversity and our social commitment to our communities.

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