THE STORY BEHIND MONSERRATE
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.
Monserrate is a model of transparency and technical assistance for its producers. The community shares information among farmers to help produce better quality coffee which is then sold in individual and group lots. Rather than a centralized mill structure, Monserrate is a collection of micro-mills that produce a range of unique flavor profiles.
Our Monserrate coffee is a single-origin blend of the coffee from these small producers’ mills. It is mechanically de-pulped, allowed to sit dry in tanks to ferment, and then washed and moved to raised beds inside covered solar dryers.
Irving Farm has been visiting this region since 2011, and each year there are advancements in quality and consistency.
Expect a classic, smooth cup with excellent balance.
On each trip, after cupping dozens of samples in the Monserrate Micro-lot Competition, we challenge some of the local kids to a game of football and they destroy us every time.