A 4 coffee set showing off the amazing work of the Aguilera Family at Finca Licho in Costa Rica.
Our relationship with Finca Licho is one that I feel shows our development as a roaster over the years. We first bought this coffee in the Cup of Excellence program (a great way to meet a grower). Back then we bought it from an import broker; they helped us bring this coffee in because we were a small buyer. Now we buy directly from the farm!
Four years ago I went out to the farm and did the deal then and there with the brothers. I love the fact that I simply 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 how much they wanted, and we shook hands. Then we got back into the 4x4 and drove away. That year we agreed to a European-exclusive deal with them for this coffee, and this year we continue the close work we have been doing with them.
Grown by the Aguilera family in the province of Naranjo, in the volcanic Northern Cordiles corridor of the Western Valley, this coffee is cultivated at an altitude of 1,500 metres above sea level.
The brothers work the mill and farms themselves. They have basically no hired labour, except for pickers during the harvest. With the help of the third generation, they work the mill and drying patios, prune the coffee fields, fertilise, and so on; and they do it all year round.
The Aguilera brothers understand quality at the farm and mill level, and this is why we are excited about working with them. Most of the siblings own farmland as well as co-managing the micro mill they installed eight years ago, which they built with the earnings from their fourth-place Cup of Excellence win in 2007. That's the year I first found the farm!
Over the years, the range of coffees available from Finca Licho has evolved and changed with the times into the marvellous selection you see today. It's gone from the original Cup of Excellence honey processed Villa Sarchí lot all the way to the four exceptional coffees we now have available.
This is a set of four coffees that we put together to show off the incredible range of deliciousness available from just one farm. We feel this set really highlights the amazing work of the Aguilera family at Finca Licho, and we're super excited to share the coffees with you.