Costa Rica Rio Negro

  • Located in the borderlands with Panama, Hacienda Rio Negro sits at a lower elevation than its sister farm, La Minita, and the cup profile reflects this distinction with a lot more earthy, base notes in the aromatics. Rio Negro comprises equal parts coffee plantation and forest preserve, and has been Rainforest Alliance certified since 2001. My last visit to Rio Negro was highlighted by a lively horseback ride through that rainforest to see the waterfall on the river for which the farm was named. The horse leapt over logs and streams, dashing up ravines as I held on for dear life. Adjacent to Rio Negro, Parque Nacional La Amistad stretches out over nearly a million acres, the largest nature reserve in Central America. As you can imagine, this is a beautiful area, and you can taste it.









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