MDI and Cooperative COMISUYL launch world’s first coffee processing center

MDI and Cooperative COMISUYL have launched the world’s first coffee processing center powered by renewable energy. The featured image above illustrates the night-operation of the off-grid coffee processor running on biomass and electricity generated by locally produced Jatropha oil. The off-grid processing center began operation this past harvest harvest (2011/2012)

Jatropha oil extraction at Biocombustibles de Yoro, S.A. (BYSA) with equipment from MDI

allowing for industrial drying of coffee without the use of firewood and is the only facility in the Department of Yoro Honduras that can mill and sort coffee to specialty coffee standards. A variety of fair trade coffees are processed, including organic and conventional, Strictly High Grown and High-Grown.

Manufacturing fuel pellets from coffee husks (biproduct) at Coopertive COMISUYL

The hybrid drying system uses solar and biomass (coffee husks) and electricity generated by Jatropha oil produced by a local farmer-owned company using equipment provided by MDI. The facility is serving as a hands-on training center for the use of off-grid processing for local youth, as well as an orientation site for loan officers of Banhcafe who are learning from this first example of the use of Central American Markets for Biodiversity (CAMBio) financing. CAMBio works to main stream biodiversity conservation and sustainable use within enterprise development.

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  • It is the first coffee to be processed using 100 per cent clean, renewable energy from solar panels.
  • protects tropical forests and creates rich, biodiverse growing conditions around coffee farms.
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