Coffee 4 Mission’s lovely Costa Rica Willows (Rainforest Alliance Certified) is grown in the region of Naranjo-Alajuela, in Costa Rica at Hacienda Miramonte. (Click on the image below to enlarge)
The historic Costa Rica coffee plantation Hacienda Miramonte is renowned for the high quality coffee beans they produce, and a tradition of bean cultivation carefully handed down through generations. Closing in on a century of existence, the first page of Miramonte’s beautiful history was written by a woman who broke down the barriers of her time and society in search of her entrepreneurial ideal.
With bravery and courage, the matriarch of the Gurdian’s family, Lucila Duval de Morales decided in 1917, to plant coffee. She acquired lands in the city of Heredia, and built a well-structured, prosperous plantation. This coffee farm represents the finest beans produced in Costa Rica. The matriarch’s love for coffee added to the quality of her product, making Hacienda Miramonte a legendary place.
Her work, dedication, and determination was passed down to future generations, and her unwavering dedication set an example that inspired her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Today, Lucila’s great-grandson, Ricardo Gurdian is the owner and operator, running the plantation with the same diligence and passion for coffee with which his ancestor started. Ricardo’s focus and forward thinking for progressive and alternative processes continues to refine the product quality. Respect for the environment, and the community ensures that we derive the ultimate flavor from our beans.
In the early days of coffee plantation, workers got tokens for their daily coffee pickings, and once a week they exchanged them for money. One of the original tokens was the “Willows,” and it is this symbol of multiple generations of hard work and effort that now represents our brand.
Coffee production endeavors to work at the highest level of efficiency, and protocols must be in place for sustainability on all levels. This accountability, as well as the focus required to ensure production quality while continuously caring and respecting nature, is noted in the many certifications we have achieved. Hacienda Miramonte is certified by Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, and Starbucks C.A.F.E. Practices.
The tradition of Hacienda Miramonte remains as strong as its coffee plantation. The example of its founder is handed down once more, to a new generation. Ricardo Gurdian now counts on the support of his daughter, Viviana Gurdian, in moving the plantation forward. The fifth generation of Hacienda Miramonte follows the path of love and dedication with coffee in the same way as their ancestors. Today, our aim is to keep up with the ever-growing global challenges, without forgetting the care for nature, and the people providing their services. Our desire is write the next chapters in our history with the same beauty as those that came before