Oscar and Luis Monge have been running their farms and micro-mill (called La Lia) since 2008. The farm has been in the family for almost 70 years but used to sell to the local coop until they setup their own mill and named it after their mom: Lia. This particular coffee is from a coffee variety that spawned from SL-28 and it’s grown in their farm called Pie-San.
Pie-San was planted in 2014 with Sl-28, Geisha, Sudan Rume and several other cool, exotic varieties. This coffee has been a personal favourite of mine for the past two years - it’s not as big in flavour as some of our other coffees, but it’s a coffee that is very elegant with lots of subtle complexity and always surprises me how it develops as it cools.
I have always been impressed with Luis and Oscar’s forward thinking mentality and their demeanour towards their staff and pickers. Interestingly enough, I had a WhatsApp call with Luis this morning (April 20) while making an Aeropress of their delicious coffee.