RIOS DE ESPERANZA
Taste: Milk chocolate, Dates, Caramel
Farm: Aquiares Estate
Country: Costa Rica
Altitude: 800 - 1400 masl
Producer: Don Alfonso Robelo & his family
Certificate: Organic CO2 decaffeination
This incredible ‘Don Alfonso’ coffee represents the very best of the harvest from the famous Aquiares Estate in Turrialba, Costa Rica. ‘Don Alfonso’ coffees bear the name of Don Alfonso Robelo, patriarch of one of the owning families of the estate who took over farm management in 1992 and made the social welfare of farm workers and the wider community one of his main priorities. Don Alfonso is a true visionary and his son, Diego, follows in his father’s footsteps by taking the farm to new heights.
Nestled between the Aquiares and Turrialba Rivers, “Aquiares” means “land between rivers” in Costa Rica’s Huetar indigenous language. The region where the farm is located used to be the centre for this pre-Columbian civilization, and occasionally old artefacts are found among the coffee trees. In fact, Guayabo National Monument, Costa Rica ́s most important indigenous settlement, is just 5 km (3.1 miles) away. The land of Aquiares is blessed with a multitude of clean water sources and even provides drinking water to three communities down-stream. Coffee plots are interlaced with natural springs and countless streams and rivers, all of which are protected with forested buffer zones. The network of natural corridors throughout the farm connects the large preserved forests in the two river valleys, providing a healthy environment for the local animals, birds, and plants.
Rios de Esperanza means Rivers of Hope.
THE SPARKLING WATER DECAFFEINATION PROCESS
This process was first discovered by a scientist called Kurt Zosel at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in 1967 as he was looking at new ways of separating mixtures of substances. In 1988, a German decaffeination company called CR3 developed this process for decaffeination whereby natural carbon dioxide (which comes from prehistoric underground lakes) is combined with water to create ‘sub-critical’ conditions which creates a highly solvent substance for caffeine in coffee. It is a gentle, natural and organically certified process and the good caffeine selectivity of the carbon dioxide guarantees a high retention level of other coffee components which contribute to taste and aroma.
All our coffees are freshly roasted and packed in recyclable bags at our roastery in Penryn, Cornwall.
We roast, hand-pack and ship all orders daily, including Smält Hot Chocolates, merchandise and hardware items.
All orders received by 12pm will be shipped the same day.
UK SHIPPING CHARGES
Royal Mail Tracked 48 - £3.50
Royal Mail Tracked 24 - £4.50
Orders over £20 - Free Royal Mail Tracked 48