Super sweet and clean flavours from this natural. Tinned pineapple with a cocoa finish.
The Aguileras are a family of 12 brothers and sisters who are second-generation coffee producers in the West Valley. Their father was one of the first coffee growers in the area, and planted his farm 70 years ago. Neighbouring 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 and most of the siblings own farmland. They co-manage the micro-mill they built with the earnings from their fourth-place Cup of Excellence win in 2007.
At first their father was sceptical about building the mill, but he was pleased by quality of the initial results. Before they had the mill, the family was selling it's coffee to a local cooperative and they didn't have any connection with the roasters who bought the lots. "No-one ever visited before," said brother Erasmo, the general manager of the micro-mill. "Now we get feedback, and we hear who likes the coffee and how we can make it better." In addition to the various farms in production, they have a nursery in which they are growing many different varieties: Geisha and SL-28, 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. This is a natural process where the cherry is dried intact with it's skin on. Typically this gives very sweet heavy fruit driven flavours with a big body.
The brothers are known for their love of football as well as their coffee of course. They have a full sized pitch and it's pretty common for green buyers to find themselves challenged to a game. Clearly as can be seen in the image below there are times when you've got to be a little bit careful about where you're treading. This is the initial drying stage of the naturals. Some sun, some shade.