Costa Rica Aquiares (200g)
Herbal and winey . Green tea , orange zest, strawberry, caramel in aroma and cup. Juicy acidity. Heavy and creamy body. Aftertaste of vanilla, pink pepper and Red wine..
Aquiares focuses on carbon neutrality and measures its greenhouse gas emissions to calculate its carbon emissions against its offsets. An agent verified under International Panel on Climate Change norms verifies these calculations and Aquiares’ carbon measurement and emissions reduction are part of Costa Rica’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action. In addition to capturing carbon, the farm’s protected biological corridors have long ensured the wellbeing of local animals and plants. Aquiares also welcomes researchers from around the world to conduct agricultural and environmental studies on their land. Projects have included investigating the benefits of agroforestry on soil health and observing the diverse bird and wildlife species that thrive in an agroecological environment. Aquiares is an example of innovation and perseverance whose benefits extend beyond the farm and workers and serve as a model for sustainable, equitable production for the broader coffee industry.
Centroamericano H1 is an F1 hybrid variety generated by crossing the Sarchimor T-5296 and a wild Rume Sudan variety. It is reproduced through a tissue culture cloning proces called somatic embryogenesis. This cultivar has been distributed among coffee producers in Central America over the last decade and the first productive harvests are now available. Turrialba’s climate is well suited to growing this new variety and Aquaires is up to the challenge of meeting its complex nutritional needs. This hybrid represents the best of the farm and cupping worlds, as it is high-yielding and rust-resistant and also has a complex, elegant profile.
Yeast Inoculation Processing
Yeast culture is a novel fermentation technique first experimented by Aquiares last harvest and we are excited to bring it back again this year. Their team used a common strain of beer yeast to ferment coffee in an anaerobic environment for 48 hours. During the process, pH and temperature were carefully monitored until the point where the coffee was ready to be washed and dried using mechanical slow-drying in a guardiola rotating mechanical dryer. The Aquiares team believes that the flavors created by yeast fermentation can open the door to many opportunities for the future of coffee processing and they will continue to experiment to offer new and exciting coffees.
We got to know Aquiares via Ally Coffee. Ally’s Company backgrounds and expertise in coffee empower so as to build an open community around inspiration, knowledge, and guidance. They believe this is the only way to improve both the product and the experience at every step. Their ambition is to continue to build Ally on foundations of shared value and mutual reward and make coffee a global model for business.
PROCESS:48h Yeast , Natural
ARRIVED IN:30kg Box with Liner
VARIETIES:H1 Centroamericano F1 Hybrid
FLAVOR:Citrus, Vanilla, Butterscotch
FINISH:Red Wine, pink Pepper
The name Aquiares means “land between rivers” in the Huetar indigenous language, and Aquiares is commonly referred to as “Aquiares Coffee and Community.” It is the largest farm in Costa Rica and home to 1,800 people. Although the farm was founded in 1890, Alfonso Robelo is the man responsible for its transformation a century later. Alfonso arrived in Costa Rica in the 1980’s seeking refuge from the civil war in Nicaragua, where he was politically active. When politics turned into violence, he left the country to keep his family and himself safe after receiving several threats against his life. Once in Costa Rica, Alfonso began building the Aquiares community on the enchanting slopes of the Turrialba volcano, a lush area of forests, rivers, fauna, and bright flora.
Alfonso challenged the status quo, transforming the relationship between land owner and farm workers. He brought a visionary approach to Aquiares, a farm suffering from low prices and instability. Aquiares had more than 200 employee homes on the farm, but because none owned their home, there was great insecurity in the workforce. Alfonso saw this as an opportunity to strengthen the company by having people feel pride in the coffee they produce. He evolved the farm into a small town where workers purchased their own homes. Today, Aquiares remains a model of sustainable agriculture.
Nowadays Alfonso’s son, Diego, manages the farm. Under his lead, the farm has taken a fresh approach to specialty coffee and exploring the farm’s potential. 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.