The De Dianous Family arrived in Boquete in 1914 where Gabriel de Dianous purchased the first coffee farm also in Bajo Mono. Ever since then, the family has been in the coffee business. The name, Café Don Benjie is a tribute to long term resident of Boquete, Mr. Jose Benjamín de Dianous Henriquez, who is known in the town as Don Benjie. He has always been a coffee enthusiast and has played an active member of the coffee community in Boquete with the motivation to strive for higher quality coffee.

Hacienda Bajo Mono was first owned by an American Lady, Mrs. Archer who was one of the pioneers in Boquete. Dr Renan Esquivel, a very well known Panamanian pediatrician purchased the farm in the 1980s. He was a nature enthusiast and he planted many exotic trees, plants and coffee varietals that are still being preserved by the current owners Jose Benjamin de Dianous G. and Stefan Arwed Müller, who started operating the farm in 2011, committed to quality and preserving the environment.

Coffee and cupping details


When we first bought the farm, we found a few very old Maragogipe trees probably 30-40 plus years old.

After picking, processing the cherries we found an astonishing cup profile, so we decided to plant more of this exotic varietal. We picked the Bellavista lot for this. 2019/2020 was the first crop and it turned out to be a winner.

Boxes: 2
Weight: 100 lbs
Score: 89.0

Farm details


Hacienda Bajo Mono, home to Café Don Benjie, consists of 33 hectares in the Highlands of Boquete, Chiriquí, located in the Bajo Mono Canyon, at the slopes of the Barú Volcano.

The farm lies alongside the pristine waters of the Caldera River in the Bajo Mono Canyon and the altitude of the plantation ranges from 1400 to 1550 meters. Bajo Mono is known amongst the best regions for growing great quality coffees, as the region is blessed with volcanic soil, crystal clear spring water fountains, and the afternoon mist that locals call Bajareque, forming one of the many microclimates that make the region famous for specialty coffee growing.

Top Performing District: BOQUETE
Top Performing Village: BAJO MONO
Farm Size: 33.0 ha
Farm Elevation: 1400-1550 masl

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