Cafe Imports I.D.: 14055 Tier: Microlot Farm: Finca Montereoga Producer: Juan Rafael Montero Importer: Cafe Imports Variety: Caturra, Red Catuai Harvest: April 2019 Size: 20 hectares Elevation: 1900 masl Town: San Isidro Milling: washed Drying: raised beds- 20 days Fermentation: overnight tank fermentation Finish Phase: First crack Retail Price: $20.00/12 oz. box Tasting Notes: Grape, lemon, toffee, sugar UPC: N/A
Juan Rafael Montero is a very committed producer with an interesting background: He was a professional soccer player in his young life, then got tired of the sports life and decided to buy a farm to grow organic avocados. When he and his wife lost their avocado crop, their neighbors suggested they start planting coffee instead, and Finca Montereoga was transitioned to coffee plants. The "Tio Juan" in the name of this micromill comes from his grandfather. For the first few years, Juan Rafael worked with Don Pepe Micromill, but he invested in his own micromill in order to control the quality and production. He grows mostly Caturra and Red Catuai, as well as a limited number of experimental varieties. Juan Rafael uses the same environmentally conscious practices on his coffee that he did on his avocados, and he produces all of his own fertilizers using organic materials, worm castings, as well as manure from horses and goats that he also raises.