For the second year running, José Abel Girón of Las Bojitas has won Project Origin's Best of Honduras Late Harvest auction, selling his coffee for US$29.10 per pound to Honey Coffee in Japan. Abel Girón received 21 bids for his washed Pacamara coffee, which scored 91.34 in the international judging in late July. Prior to entering the Best of Project Origin auction program, José sold his coffee to local cooperatives and received between US$2.50 to US$3 per pound. Members of the Honey Coffee team attended the 2016 auction event and returned in 2017 to purchase Abel Girón's coffee. They also visited his farm in early 2017 on a separate trip to purchase more coffee from him in a direct trade partnership. Abel Girón has now established a relationship with coffee buyers and roasters from the other side of the world to secure higher prices for his coffees. A national jury blind tasted and scored 36 Honduran coffees before the international judges selected the top coffees for the online auction on the Cropster Hub. Reynaldo Muñoz López placed a close second with his washed pacas from Los Primos in Santa Barbara. His coffee scored 91.19 and was bought for US$20.10 per pound. José Glenis Izaguirre Tróchez placed third in the auction, with a washed pacas from El Cañal in Santa Barbara. This coffee scored 89.66 and was sold for US$20.20 per pound. The Best of Project Origin auctions aims to connect coffee lovers and buyers with producers and exporters at origin. By connecting different ends of the global coffee chain, the auctions aim to enact positive change for producers who may not be earning enough to sustain themselves and their families. The Project Origin auctions will return in 2018 with more trips to origin, new coffees and many new relationships to form. For those interested in attending as a shadow judge or experienced judge, click here. For full results click here.