Jim Pacheco is a third generation dairyman from western Sonoma County. In 2004 Jim and his wife, Donna, began making cheese with milk from their own goats. With over 1200 goats that roam their hillside, the Pacheco family sells most of their milk to a local yogurt producer, holding enough back to make small batches of handcrafted cheese. Donna is the head cheesemaker, assisted by Jim and their four children.
Capricious is made in the traditional California Dry Jack tradition. The curds are gathered and formed in cheesecloth squares and pressed under weights. The knot leaves an indentation in the middle of the rind which remains even after aging for six months. With its rustic, pebbled rind and semi-hard yet smooth texture, Capricious has a deep, caramel flavor and a mild pungency at the finish.
Farm / Company: Achadinha Cheese Co.
Cheesemaker: Donna Pacheco
Proprietor: Donna & Jim Pacheco
Affineur: Donna Pacheco
City, State: Petaluma, California
Milk Type: Goat
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Rind: Natural, oil-rubbed
Aging: 3 months
Size(s): 7 pounds