May 2014 - The Aguilera Brothers: Finca de Licho
First we bought this coffee in the Cup of Excellence program (a great way to meet a grower). Then we bought it from an import broker; because we are a small coffee buyer, they helped us bring in this coffee. Then last year, I went out to the farm and did the deal on the farm with the brothers. I love the fact that last year I walked onto the farm after cupping a particular lot in the exporter's office, asked how much they wanted, and there was a short conference. They came back and told me, then we shook hands. Then we got back into the 4x4 and drove away.
We also agreed a price going forwards higher than last years, and agreed to take an amount more than ever before, to prove how wedded we are to this coffee. We also agreed a European exclusive on this coffee, so any Licho you might see out there is old and past crop, we have the new stuff for Europe.
A great coffee from a great family who love what they do.
Long may this relationship continue.