Costa Rica - Don Eli - Carlos Montero - Natural Catuai
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Following the sucess of last year's natural processed Catuai from Carlos Montero, we have not only ordered one but two of his coffees this season. This natural process catuai is complex, clean, very fruity, and well balanced.
The Montero family lives in El Llano de La Piedra, between the towns of San Marcos and Santa Maria de Dota in the Tarrazu canton of Costa Rica. The micromill, Microbeneficio Don Eli, is located across the river from their home, fully equipped for processing fully Washed and Honey coffees and covered drying beds for Natural coffees as well. El Otro Lado is one of the family’s several farms that produces cherries transported to the mill for processing.
The Montero family has been farming coffee for four generations; the legacy begins with Rafael Montero and Emilia Picado. Carlos grew up watching his father struggle through the hard times that often befall smallholder farmers and set out to create opportunities for himself as well as his family’s farm.
In the past, Carlos and his family produced coffee for the local coffee cooperative for over 20 years. During the harvest of 2014-2015, the Monteros took the risk of establishing their own micromill to process the coffee they grew. This way, they could regulate their own coffee, focus on innovating processing methods, and ensure quality in each coffee bean. They transitioned to a mindset of quality over quantity, and today specialize in Honey and Natural processed coffees.