Origin: Costa Rica
Producer: Alejo Castro Kahle
Altitude: 1500-1700 MASL
Cupping Notes: Guava, pineapple, tea-like with a zesty lime finish.
We’ve been long time fans of the work Alejo Kahle has been doing on his family farms located on the slopes of Barva and Poás Volcano in Central and West Valley and in the Saints region of Costa Rica.
We were lucky enough to meet Alejo a few years ago when he visited Australia and were impressed by how committed he was to both producing the best micro-lots possible as well as his strong desire to help conserve Costa Rica’s stunning natural biodiversity. The family has managed to acquire over 1,500 hectares of rainforest for ecological preservation in areas where they grow their coffee, as well as in the Osa Peninsula in the countries southwest.
We have just received yet another special micro-lot from Alejo – an anaerobically processed SL28 variety. SL28 is a variety typically only grown in Kenya, it is one of the 30 odd different varieties that Alejo has cultivated on his farm. This lot was fermented anaerobically – in an oxygen-free environment, which is an experimental process that we are seeing more of in coffee. This type of processing tends to amplify flavour and accentuate the coffee’s body, which absolutely rings true in this velvety cup. There is only a little bit of this coffee available, so get in quick!