The Aguileras Brothers farm was owners Adam and Chris’s first origin trip. We have purchased their coffee in the past, but it was a whole other level to visit the farm. We cupped 6 different coffees from their farm and we believe this is the very best coffee they have this year. It is a micro-lot from named Finca Angelina. There were only 20 bags from this lot this year. When you drink this coffee you can be guaranteed you are one of the very few in the world who will enjoy this exquisite cup.
The Aguileras are a family of 12 brothers and sisters who are second-generation coffee producers in the West Valley. (Hermanos is used to describe mixed male and female siblings in Spanish, but literally translates to “brothers” in English.) Their father was one of the first coffee growers in the area, and planted his farm 70 years ago: Neighboring farmers warned him that coffee wouldn’t grow there, but now the area is rich with coffee lands. His children, the Aguilera Brothers, work together to produce coffee: Most of the siblings own farmland, and they comanage the micromill they installed with the earnings from their fourth-place Cup of Excellence win in 2007.
At first their father was skeptical about the mill, but he was pleased by the results: Before they had the mill, the family was selling its coffee to a local cooperative and did not have any connection with the roasters who bought the lots. “No one every visited before,” says brother Erasmo, the general manager of the micromill. “Now we get feedback, and we hear who likes the coffee and how we can make it better.” They have a nursery in which they are growing many different varieties, including Gesha and SL-28, as well as Bourbon and Villa Sarchi. They aim to grow “a balance of good-quality and rust-resistant varieties.”
This lot is a selection of Villa Sarchi, which is a Costa Rican variety that is a dwarf Bourbon mutation discovered near the town of Sarchi.
Sweet, clean and juicy with big winey acidity and a creamy mouthfeel; very berry with citrus fruit, red grape and plum.