Roaster: Water Street Coffee
Region: Los Robles de Naranjo, West Valley
Farm(er): Finca Angelina owned by the Aguilera Brothers
Varietal: Villa Sarchi (this varietal is a dwarf mutation of Bourbon. It is shorter and more resistant to winds, performing much better on Costa Rica’s Mountainous slopes)
Altitude: 1450 meters
Processing: Honey Process
Tasting: Aroma: berry, toffee, red grape; Flavor: nutty, citrus fruit, floral, nuanced; Aciditiy: tart cranberry; Body: smooth, creamy
In March of 2018, Seth Chapman, Water Street’s Roast Master, traveled to Costa Rica in an effort to source coffee and meet coffee producers in some of the country’s most famous coffee-growing regions. Many relationships were established, including one with the Aguilera Brothers, who own and operate a micro-mill in Costa Rica’s West Valley.
Despite difficulties with this year’s crop (late, heavy rains disrupted everything from harvesting to drying), the Aguilera Brothers persevered and produced many stunning coffees, including this honey coffee from Finca Angelina. In 2009 the Aguilera Brothers invested in a wet mill. This mill allows the brothers to perform and control every step of coffee processing, resulting in increased transparency, flexibility, and quality. This is Water Street’s third consecutive year working with the Aguilera Brothers, so the opportunity to visit and meet with the producers was thrilling!
Source: Seth Chapman, Water Street Roast Master