Costa Rica – Alma Negra
Oscar and Francisca Chacon are third generation coffee farmers from Sabanilla de Alajuela in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. The exquisite microlot coffee that they produce is unique for a number of reasons. First off, The Chacons decided to build their own mill in which they can use different methods to process their coffee, finding one-of-a-kind flavors. Processing one’s own coffee also makes the supply chain highly traceable. This particular coffee, Alma Negra, is honey processed where the bean is dried in the mucilage (a thin, gooey layer surrounding the parchment) before being fully separated, which is also a very rare practice in Costa Rica. Another specialized method employed by the Chacons is Francisca’s meticulous measuring of the brix (sugar) content in the coffee cherry to determine the optimum time to harvest the coffee. Lastly but most notably, because of Oscar’s father’s death due to a battle with cancer, suspected to have originated from a frequent use of pesticides, the Chacon family made the difficult decision to go organic in a country where it is rare and expensive. The combination of these specialized processes and the great care given by the Chacon family makes this Costa Rica Alma Negra a coffee that is highly unique, environmentally friendly, and fully traceable.
Tasting Notes: Don’t let the softness of this coffee deceive you. There is a plethora of flavors to be discovered from the first sip to the last. Lively acidity dances on your tongue, giving way to a creamy mouthfeel. Poignant aromas include orange blossom, chocolate, and honey. Flavors range from tart grapes, cocoa nibs, mandarin oranges, and a soft honey sweetness (you find the rest!). Alma Negra is so mouth-watering; you just might sell your soul for it!