Los Monjes. Colombia
Region: Oporapa, Huila
Varietal: Typica, Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
Altitude: 1600 - 1900 masl
Los Monjes is a community of around 100 coffee growing families based in the municipality of Oporapa. Coffee here is grown on steep hills, in rich volcanic soil.
Oporapa is a place of religious habit. Early on Sunday morning the church
is full of people ready to worship. As the service progresses, more people arrive on foot or motorbike, seemingly unconcerned by turning up late. This tradition came into existence through the importance of the monastery that sits up in the mountains, a little over an hour away from the town centre. This monastery and the monks (Los Monjes) that created it, played an important role in the cultural development of the whole region. The people from Oporapa would make pilgrimages to the monastery to seek the wise advice of the monks that lived there, and over time this has led to the faithful place we know today.