THE STORY BEHIND DIEGO CASSO
Monserrate is a small community in southwest Colombia. In the early 2000’s, a group of coca farmers began replanting their fields with coffee in an effort to stop the violence that surrounds coca. This resulted in the incredible coffee cooperative that supports their community today.
Diego and Marta Casso’s farm is in this community, and they sell their coffee through the Monserrate Grower’s Association.
The collective shares information among community members to help produce better quality coffee, and sells those coffees in individual and group lots. The Monserrate association does not have a centralized mill structure, so each producer operates their own micro-mill and this makes each coffee that comes from the association unique.
The Casso’s milling method is a common one; once mechanically de-pulped, the coffee sits dry in tanks to ferment. It is then washed and moved to raised beds inside covered solar dryers. He grows the Castillo and Caturra varieties on his farm. Quality has been a controversial topic with the Castillo variety, so Casso separates his Caturra lot, and receives a higher premium for it. This stellar lot was a winner in Monserrate's micro lot competition in years past. We are proud to offer the entire lot. Look for notes of sweet dried fruits, silky body, and smooth finish.