Monte Bonito Coffee is the first certification mark of the Dominican Republic. It was developed by Sur Futuro Foundation, which had the accompaniment of the Dominican Coffee Council (CODOCAFE). Its main objective is to improve the quality of life of the coffee growers in the southern region, especially in the localities where the fruit is produced, and export a quality product to the international market.
Monte Bonito Coffee comes from the towns of Monte Bonito, Las Yayas de Viajama, Padre Las Casas, Sabana Yegua and Peralta of the Azua Province, as well as the Municipality of Bohechío of San Juan. These sites are located at altitudes higher than 500 meters above sea level. It comes from the coffee tree (Coffea arabica) and is grown under shade from the typica and caturra varieties. The product is collected and transformed through craft and mechanical processes derived from the historical culture of the region and in adherence to the Rules of Usage and Management of Monte Bonito Coffee. This is so as to maintain the physical, chemical, and sensory characteristics of the coffee.
The varieties of Monte Bonito Coffee correspond to the arabica species, mainly the typica and caturra. The shape of the grain is mostly uniform and oblong and it has a minimum density of 680 grams per liter. It is distinguished by having a homogeneous grayish green hue.
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