Costa Rica Finca Licho Red Honey Pacamara - 125g
Lime, pineapple, lemongrass, white sugar
*Please note that this coffee is sold in 125g bags, not in our regular 250g*
Buying coffee is simple, right? A farmer has coffee, you have money...easy! Well, not so much. One of the realities of coffee farming is unscrupulous coffee buyers turning up, promising the world and then not honouring their promises. For this reason, we never ask too much of the producers we work with for the first few years - you have to earn trust. Eventually, they trust us to be reliable and keep coming back. In the case of the Aguileras...well, it took them a number of years to warm to us. That’s just how it goes sometimes.
Here at Hasbean, we love to celebrate the awesome things that happen when strong relationships are built between roasters and producers, and Finca Licho is a shining example of that ethos. We first bought from this farm way back in 2007 when it was awarded 4th place in the Cup of Excellence. Fast forward to 2021 and Licho has become a firm favourite – both with customers and our little Hasbean team. The arrival of coffees from Finca Licho is greatly anticipated every year.
The farm is owned and run by Los Hermanos Aguilera. It's often translated as 'The Aguilera Brothers', but everyone is involved, not just the boys! The family of twelve brothers and sisters inherited the business from their parents, who started their coffee-growing career over 50 years ago. With the help of the third generation, the family work the farm with basically no hired labour except for during the harvest. They manage the mill and drying patios, fertilise, prune the coffee trees, and so on. They do it all themselves, and all year round. The Aguileras have a reputation for their deep understanding of quality at the farm and mill level, and this is why we are excited about working with them.
Situated 1,500 metres above sea level in the region of Naranjo, the farm is located in the volcanic Northern Cordiles corridor of the Western Valley, which is an area famous for its excellent coffee production. The majority of the coffee grown at Finca Licho is Villa Sarchi variety, but there's a smidge of Caturra too (they're about 65% and 25% of production respectively). The remainder of coffee production is made up of a mixture of more unusual varieties, with this lot being 1 of those less usual Costa Rican varietals.
This coffee is a Pacamara and here at Hasbean, we really like Pacamaras. They can be a little tricky to roast and tricky to brew, are big ol' beans too, but massively worth the effort as we think they're incredibly unique and delicious! It's a varietal that came from two quite different varietals and the name Pacamara came from its parents - Pacas and Maragogype.
Pacas is a natural and spontaneous mutation of Bourbon, El Salvador's answer to Villa Sarchi in Costa Rica or Caturra in Brazil, it thrived in the El Salvadorian climate where it was first found, but is very happy in other Central American countries too. Maragogype (pronounced mah-rah-go-heep-eh) is another natural mutation but this time of Typica, however it really puts the MUTANT in mutation as it's a huge varietal and where Pacamara gets its bigger size from.
So how did they meet? No not at a bar on or Hinge, but in the Genetic Department of the Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research (ISIC) back in 1958. There was a coffee breeding program using lots of varietals, these two of many, and after a great deal of work, seed distribution and trial and error, Pacamara became the amazing varietal we know it as today. For a more detailed rundown of the history of the Pacamara varietal, please have a read of the article we have on its history here.
First off in the cup is a big squeeze of lemon and lime, but balanced by white sugar sweetness and a silky body. As it cools a fraction, this gets more complex with a tropical twist of pineapple juice alongside the citrus and an unusual lemongrass note on the finish.
- Country: Costa Rica
- Region: Western Valley
- Province: Alajuela
- Nearest city: Naranjo de Alajuela
- Farm: Finca Licho
- Producers: Los Hermanos Aguilera
- Farm size: 28 hectares
- Coffee growing area: 9.10 hectares
- Altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
- Varietal: Pacamara
- Processing system: Red Honey
Lime, pineapple, lemongrass, white sugar
- Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
- Sweetness: (1-8): 6.5
- Acidity: (1-8): 7
- Mouthfeel: (1-8): 6.5
- Flavour: (1-8): 6.5
- Aftertaste: (1-8): 6
- Balance: (1-8): 6
- Overall: (1-8): 7
- Correction:(+36): +36
- Total: (max. 100): 88
Pacamaras have a very unique size, density and structure, so don't expect them to grind like any other coffee. We find going a little finer than you normally would and allowing more time for the grinder to get its teeth into the bigger beans often leads to delicious results.
Medium - let this one run through first crack and finish just at the end of the gap, so we get the lively citrus zing and intense, simple sweetness preserved.
This coffee is sold in 125g bags, not in our regular 250g bags.
If you place an order before 07:30, it will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30, it will carry over to the following working day for roasting.
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