Meet Carlos Montero
Every cup of coffee has its own backstory, and sometimes taste and story combine to create a fairytale-like moment. This special lot is one such coffee... By the 1940s, the single Typica plant taken from Yemen to Amsterdam in 1706 had populated the verdant slopes of Costa Rica. But this tall, disease-susceptible variety declined in popularity, and when Carlos Montero acquired Finca La Pastora, the farm was in dire need of TLC. Bit by bit, Carlos took out old trees and replanted new. But when he took the folks from Od Soul on a tour of the farm in 2015, they all made a discovery.
On a patch of land in a remote corner of the farm, they found wild-growing Typica trees that had somehow survived untended for over 50 years. In 2016, Carlos harvested some cherries from these 18 foot tall, 50-60-year-old trees, and put them on the cupping table. The resulting “wow” moment was the stuff of fairytales, and has Carlos pruning and fertilizing these old trees, with a contract in hand for all their yield at a premium price. This particular lot is a white honey-processed coffee, a treat within a treat.