Aquiares – Turrialba, Costa Rica
Aquiares, the most historic and extensive coffee farm in Costa Rica
The farm was founded in 1890, but its transformation came up a century later by Alfonso Robelo. He was the responsable of a socio-economic revolution, with the creation of a unique partnership: the Community (made up of 3,000 people, only 15% employed by the farm) and Cafetalera Aquiares (grower-miller-exporter), their company. This worker community is located on the enchanting slopes of the Turrialba volcano, a lush area of forests, rivers, fauna, and bright flora as its Rainforest Alliance certification proves it.
Nowadays Alfonso’s son, Diego, manages the farm. Under his leadership, the farm has taken a fresh approach to specialty coffee. Through excellent agricultural management, embracing new varieties, and experimenting with processing, Aquiares has become a trailblazer among specialty coffee producers in Costa Rica and all of Central America.
Our second coffee from Costa Rica grown by our neighbours (@aquiarescoffee worker community) who produce excellent high-end coffee while sustainably focusing on protecting and conserving the biodiversity that surrounds them.
Expect a delicious full-bodied coffee perfect for an espresso brewing method with notes of caramel, chocolate, almonds and raisins.
- The coffee cherries is moved into Aquiares’ own mill or Beneficio, the same day that they are picked.
- The pulp and mucilage is removed, before they are segregated into two qualities using water: sinkers and floaters.
- Beans are then dried in 36-hour driers – fueled by wood sustainably harvested — until the humidity is lowered to 10.5%.
- The parchment is removed as a final step and the beans are sorted by size, weight, density and color, before they are bagged for export.