Aguilera Brothers / Costa Rica July 08 2016

We have just released one of our annual favorite coffees from the Aguilera Brothers' farm Finca Chayote in Costa Rica's Western Valley. This lot is Chayote's entire harvest of Villa Sarchi, a cultivar native to that region. This coffee makes an excellent brewed coffee as well as a single origin espresso.

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The Aguilera Brothers manage six farms and their own micro-mill operation entirely within the family, with the exception of a few pickers during the harvest season. The 12 brothers and sisters inherited the farms from their parents and are now incorporating the third generation into the family business. Each of their farms is planted almost exclusively with Villa Sarchi, a mutation of Bourbon native to the region. This dwarf varietal is known for high production yields and often carries exceptionally floral cupping notes and elegent, tropical fruit acidities. Many Villa Sarchi coffees can be unbalanced in their intensity, but each coffee we have tasted from the Aguilera Brothers has been far more refined than any other from this region. Spyhouse’s relationship with the family began two years ago when Tony – our Dir. of Coffee – visited the farms to meet the family and bought a honey processed lot from Finca Angelina. Starting last year, we have commited to this lot, washed selection from Finca Chayote, located 200 meters higher in elevation on their most picturesque property. 

Finca Chayote starts off with a pop of green apples drizzeld with honey developing into a more rich flavor of apple pie. As it cools a creamy spice note comes forward that reminds us of root beer floats. This coffee also has an intriguing syrupy mouthfeel and with a sweet, lingering finish. It is the perfect coffee for sipping while sitting on a dock, overlooking a calm lake.

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