Kiss the Hippo Coffee - Costa Rica, Hacienda Sonora
Tasting Notes: Stewed Mango, Blueberry Jam, Blackberry.
Recommended for Filter.
Producer: Diego Guardia
Farm/Mill: Hacienda Sonora
Location: Valle Central, Alajuela
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,300 masl masl
Harvest: October - November
In the foothills of the Poas Volcano, Diego Guardia’s Hacienda Sonora sits across a hundred hectares of coffee trees and nature reserves. The whole farm runs completely on renewable energy created by hydroelectric generators that harness the power of the rivers running through the farm.The sarchimore cultivar is usually only found in Costa Rica and India, making it one of the rarer cultivars still commonly used. This lot was processed by the seed being hand picked and then dried slowly to almost look like raisins. This slow drying creates an incredibly sweet cup like no other kind of coffee.
Coffee came to Costa Rica in 1808 and in just over a decade it was the country’s biggest crop. The coffee plantations were owned by a group of people known as the coffee barons. Like the fruit barons in places like Cuba, the owners of coffee farms ruled in Costa Rica. The country experienced a period of upheaval until 1953 when the first democratic election of the new era occurred. With this stability Costa Rica has grown to become one of the world’s most pacifistic and environmentally friendly nations. Alongside this its coffee industry has become a model with the world’s first carbon neutral mills and farms.