CARLOS MONTERO, La Pastora Natural
A delicious, rich and sweet natural from Carlos’ La Pastora farm in Tarrazú. Punchy mango, blueberry and grapefruit notes with an almost molasses like sweetness.
LOCATION: Finca La Pastora, Tarrazú
ALTITUDE: 1,800 masl
Carlos and his family live in El Llano de La Piedra in Tarrazú. Just across the river is the micromill, Don Eli, which the family built between 2014 and 2015 in order to be able to process the coffees from their farms themselves rather than selling cherries to their local cooperative. Having control over the processing meant that they could focus on innovative methods, and ensure quality in every lot. They transitioned into a mindset of quality over quantity, and today specialise in honey and natural processed coffees as well as clean fully washed lots.
The Tarrazú region lies in the high mountains of the southern Pacific region south of Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose and is one of the most densely planted high altitude regions in Central America, with many farms at or above 2000 meters above sea level. The region benefits from two well-defined seasons which encourages even blossoming and the fertile, volcanic soils and rolling mountainsides are well suited to agriculture.