Milling Process: Fully Washed
Drying Process: Patio and solar dried machine
Harvest Start Month: February
Harvest End Month: April
Roberto Montero, producer of the La Amistad coffee started a micro lot project in 2018/2019 called Purple Haze. Purple Haze is a micro lot that gets its name from the color of the cherry when picked being red and purple in color as well as the area where the coffee is grown called "Haze". The coffee grows within the rain forest that has been in Roberto's family since1889. It’s remarkable that 97% of the land that Roberto Montero’s grandfather first purchased has been dedicated to forest preservation, with 6,000 of the original 10,000 hectares given back to the government of Costa Rica for the for the preservation of La Amistad International Park, the largest natural reserve in Central America. With the 4,000 hectares that have remained in this third-generation coffee farmer’s possession, Montero has dedicated 300 hectares to organic coffee production and most ofthe rest is forested and teeming with wildlife. Roberto’s commitment to farming pairs harmoniously with his commitment to his community. La Amistad’s proximity to the border of Panama has attracted many indigenous people from that country who come to the farm during harvest season with their entire families. Roberto ensures their needs are met by providing housing and free access to medical care for the seasonal pickers. Roberto also takes pride in his ability to provide more than 100 full-time jobs to his neighbors from Las Mellizas, not only in coffee cultivation, but also in the dried fruit operation that he runs year-round at La Amistad. Roberto hosts an annual employee celebration to recognize all their hard work and he also distributes school supplies to their children each year before school starts.