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Costa Rican Las Palomas

Variety: Catuai, Caturra
Process: Natural
Altitude: 1800-1900masl
Cup Profile: Plums, Banana, Milk
Chocolate, Nutty Finish.
Cupping Score: 86

 

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Description:

Smooth & beautifully rounded. Sweet fruity notes in a balanced cup with a nice chocolatey / nutty finish. Hand roasted in small batches by our Head Roaster Matteo in Youghal, County Cork.

About Our Producers

Jorge Adan Monge Garbanzo, a coffee grower and farmer by vocation, was born on May 27, 1963, in the province of San José, Costa Rica. His father, a native of Cedral de Aserrí, Don Carlos María Monge Picado, and his mother, Mrs. María del Socorro Garbanzo Mena, from Frailes de Desamparados, joined in marriage. Together they raised a family of eleven siblings, Don Jorge being the ninth of them. They settled in a place called San Gabriel de Aserrí.

The Monge Garbanzo Family had a significant characteristic during their upbringing. Together with their father Don Carlos, they dedicated themselves as a family to work the land collectively. On farms that their father had acquired in San Gabriel de Aserrí, they planted crops of corn, beans, coffee, and a little livestock. Over the years, the family acquired more property with their earnings. When the children grew up, some had already married and even continued working for their father. In turn, they inherited their own land in due time and began to work their own plots. Throughout their lives, they worked only for the family.

The Las Palomas Coffee Farm is planted with Caturra Arabica Coffee. Red and Yellow Catuaí is found in El Cedral at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. The first coffee was harvested without knowledge of its production qualities. However, later in 2007, the family decided to associate with an organization of agricultural producers called ASOPROAAA, which intended to make known the quality of the coffee being produced in the local area. Under this research, ASOPROAAA announced that in the Acosta and Aserrí regions, coffee was being planted and produced to the highest quality standards. This granted producers of this region both with high prices and quality awards, unique to the world.

With the partnership of ASOPROAAA, farms such as Las Palomas, El Alto, Cerro Paldo, Bella Vista and La Montaña became participants in competitions such as the Cup of Excellence and International Auctions during the Years 2007 – 2010. As a result of this involvement, some of these farms obtained privileged places within the competition and received high prices. This gave rise to future developments since buyers, beneficiaries and producers had the opportunity to establish close and direct relationships, generating increased traceability and control in the production of quality coffee.

From his beginnings in ASOPROAAA until the 2019-2020 Harvest, Don Jorge produced and processed coffee with passion, dedication and pride. We saw him accompanied by his brother Don Carlos and his son Daniel. These three were inseparable in their tasks – transporting and taking care of their coffee plantations to guarantee that the seed reached the processing plant at the optimum point. Don Jorge would always arrive smiling, happy, confident, and in an excellent mood. We, who had the joy of being his friend, saw this. On Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 57 years of age, Don Jorge left this land where he was born. He departed for the Heavenly Homeland. With pain and mourning in our hearts, we bid farewell to an exemplary father, husband, brother, friend, and coffee grower, thanking the Creator for having allowed us to meet him, enjoy the shared moments and contribute to his family legacy.

The Monge family have remained for more than four generations in coffee. Today the grandchildren of Don Carlos María and Doña María del Socorro continue this coffee legacy. Such is the case of Daniel Monge who, since childhood, wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Despite the sad farewell, the pain represented by walking through the coffee plantations that saw him grow up next to his inseparable father and companion on the farm, Daniel has decided to continue his work today.

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