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 fourteen years (gosh, feeling old now), 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. If you'd like to keep up with the family you can do so over on Instagram, make sure to give @aguilerabrothers a follow!
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, some of which we've been able to snag this year now that they're established enough to provide a crop.
Kicking off with dark brown sugar, there’s a delicate fermentation edge/funk from the natural processing before an exciting zing of lime. On the aftertaste that sweetness lingers, joined by an edge of dried currants.
Country: Costa Rica
Region: Western Valley
Nearest city: Naranjo de Alajuela
Farm: Finca Licho
Producers: Aguilera family
Farm size: 28.00 hectares
Coffee growing area: 9.10 hectares
Altitude: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
Processing system: Natural
Dark brown sugar, lime, dried currant
Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
Sweetness: (1–8): 7
Acidity: (1–8): 6
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): 87.5
Roast Information: Medium - through first crack and let it coast nicely into the gap before you finish just short of second getting going.
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