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Vaca Negra

Hatillo, Puerto Rico
About Vaca Negra
As the 2008 economic crisis swept across the United States, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico experienced its fair share of financial struggles. In the agricultural community of Hatillo, Puerto Rico, dairy farmers scrambled to stay afloat. Wanda Otero, licensed microbiologist, and owner of a private dairy laboratory, learned that many of her clients were no longer able to pay for her services. This would mean they could not have their milk tested, approved, nor sold: essentially, they would go out of business. So what did Wanda do? She got creative. To serve her community, and help keep them all afloat, she told her clients that they could pay her in fresh milk; something of which they had plenty. Using her talents and skills in microbiology, she took that milk and started producing some of the highest quality cheese and yogurt the island has ever tasted. Nearly 10 years later, Vaca Negra, and the community of Hatillo, continues to grow as the leading providers of Dairy products
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Carmen T wrote a review Mar 2020
Hatillo, Puerto Rico17 contributions
I like it. It's interesting to see how the cheese is prepared and the time is cured. The cheese is great and elegant, good flavor.
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Date of experience: April 2019
Jose C wrote a review Feb 2020
85 contributions8 helpful votes
i have always been a cheese fan. but i must admit my preferences are european cheeses which are expensive to the dismay of my wife. i went to this tour with limited expectations. the tour was informative the tasting of cheses and wine pairings was incredible i think my wife has finaly become a fan. strongly recomended
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Date of experience: February 2020
Sonja S wrote a review Jan 2020
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota104 contributions20 helpful votes
We contacted them and they were willing to do an English language tour and cheese making outside their usual schedule. Each pair gets to flavor and "make" a round of cheese (whatever they are making that day) and then they age it 2 months and will ship it to you. Then there is a tour and talk about cheese making followed by a cheese tasting (with wine, juice or yogurt to drink). My youngest child LOVES cheese and this was a highlight for him I thought the yogurt was amazing. Recommend as a fun and interesting activity.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Ernesto Morales wrote a review Dec 2019
Puerto Rico24 contributions5 helpful votes
We went a group of students and had a tour around the facilites, tasted the yougurts that are made here in PR and had a cheese tasting at the end. Also during the entre time had a guide that was talking to us about the proccess of making the cheese and answering questions. Overall would recommend to other.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Denise wrote a review Sep 2019
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Excellent experience. Exquisite cheese tasting. We really enjoyed the experience. Superb explanation from Sara!!! Must visit!!
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Date of experience: September 2019