Costa Rica Juanra Montero Mokka - click for roast schedule info
*All Modicum orders will be produced and shipped on Thursdays. If your order has any other items along with the Modicum, they will be held and shipped together.
Juanra is a pioneer of sustainable or biodynamic farming practices in the region of Tarrazu, Costa Rica, and quite possibly in all of Central America. He has come to the understanding that the earth, which is the base of his operation and all of life, should be the focus of his efforts. Juanra often mentions how mistreated the land was before by the producing practices of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. His mission is to nurture the earth back to fertility and its state as a living organism. The way he achieves this is not using any chemicals in his farm; instead he works by hand and makes all of his own solutions from byproducts of the farm in order to fertilize and battle pests and disease.
This Mokka lot was mothered by an 80 year-old tree that Juanra kept on the boundaries of his farm for years. It's somewhat of a relic left behind by those who came before him and whom Juanra still holds in the highest regards. This coffee tree variety was tough, grew tall, produced well, and was widely planted in Costa Rica for decades before new mutations and hybrid varieties were bing encouraged to replace them in the 70s, 80s, and beyond.
Knowing that this cultivar of coffee plant would do well in his farm, he decided to collect its seeds and plant more of this coffee in his farm so that this species and its heritage would not be lost. Juanra chose an area on his farm, at 1900 MASL, sparingly planted about 500 Mokka plants. What you end up getting from the vintage varietal, high altitude, shade, and spacing of the tress is a characteristic in the cup reminiscent of Ethiopian Land Races and the history behind a simple yet complex coffee.