Country: Costa Rica
Farm: Rio Jorco
Farmer: Luis Alfaro
Altitude: 1700 M
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping Notes:Black Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Molasses, Vanilla Cola
Recommended Roast: City to Full City
Good For: espresso, pour overs, auto-drip, full immersion.
Description: Bodhi Leaf first offered coffees from Rio Jorco over 4 years ago. This Caturra varietal shows exceptional depth and the honey process has really brought out its best attributes. Notes of black cherry, vanilla cola, dark chocolate and molasses really encompass just how sweet and syrupy this coffee is!
“Hacienda Jorco, now known as Rio Jorco S.A., is rich in history and played a key role in the development of the Jorco- Acosta region all based on the proceeds of the sale of his excellent quality coffee.
In the early 1900's two families by the name of Challe and Briote had a small farm and beneficio (processing plant) near where the present Rio Jorco micro-beneficio is currently located. On finishing his Schooling in Agriculture at a University in Cuba, a young Jorge Zeledon returned to his native Costa Rica seeking employment. He was hired as the farm manager for the small coffee operation. After working there for two years, the family offered to sell don Jorge the processing plant and farm. Young Jorge expressed his dismay at not having the funds to buy the farm. ‘No problem’ said the owners, ‘just pay us from the proceeds of the coffee.’ He agreed and was blessed with very good coffee harvests and prices which allowed him to go from a 20 acre coffee operation to over a thousand acre farm that was the largest in the area. He married early to Claudia and they had 6 girls living in the large farmhouse in Jorco and in his San Jose home about 15 miles away.
In its eary history, the coffee from the farm had to be taken from Jorco to San Jose using Oxen or on horseback. Thought the distance was only about 15 miles it was a long trip up winding muddy roads. It required oxen to be changed 2 or three times and a one day trip was considered fast.
The dedication and passion for fine coffee is carried out today by Luis and Jim Alfaro, grandkids of the founder and sons of his daughter Cavita.”