Our Coffees Montes de Cristo

Montes de Cristo
COSTA RICA
Beneficio Montes de Cristo

Clover honey, limes, zingy acidity, medium body, light to medium roast

COSTA RICA
Beneficio Montes de Cristo

Clover honey, limes, zingy acidity, medium body, light to medium roast

We first tasted coffee from Doña Carmen's farm Montes de Cristo quite a few years ago and were impressed with the balance between its acidity and sweetness and we have a small shipment of this coffee which was prepared using the honey process method. The Montes de Cristo farm has almost three hectares of coffee and only produces a small number of bags a year. We feel fortunate to have coffee again this year as it continues to be difficult times for the farm. Roya (Coffee Rust Disease) hit Central America severely over the last couple of years and Doña Carmen has had to take some drastic steps to ensure a crop for the next few years. The latest in this series of steps is to take the difficult decision to not apply for organic certification again. Doña Carmen continues to grow her coffee following organic methods but because a neighbouring farm is now growing a different crop with conventional methods she would not be able to recertify without sacrificing a greater area of her farm to create a land barrier. Usually in organic farming if there is a neighbouring farm not growing organically a portion of land on the organic farm is left uncultivated. For a farm this small this is now untenable. Without that land in production there wouldn’t be any point in continuing to grow coffee. Pre-covid it has been an exceptionally difficult few years for Doña Carmen and while trying to get the farm back to full productivity she has been busy growing and selling succulent plants; her daughters photograph and market them on social media. We’re pleased to be able to continue to support Montes de Cristo, it is a beautiful farm and Doña Carmen is working incredibly hard to keep it going.