Coffee Category: Balanced
Process: Honey Process
What to expect
Another return of this popular coffee within the roastery which earned us a silver medal in the 2018 Golden Bean roasters competition. This coffee flourishes as an espresso due to its great balance of body and caramel sweetness. As a filter coffee it is a little more subdued but does have nice smooth acidity as it cools with notes of apple and caramel coming through.
Producer: Aguilera Brothers
Region: Los Robles de Naranjo, West Valley
Varietals: Various Villa Sarchi
Eclipse Coffee is excited to re-introduce you to the Aguilera Bros in West Valley. The Aguilera’s are 12 brothers and sisters, all of whom are involved in coffee as inherited from their parents. The brothers work the mill and farms themselves with basically no hired labor, other than pickers during the harvest. With the help of the third generation, they work the mill and drying patios, prune the coffee fields, fertilize, etc. year-round. The Aguilera Bros understand quality at the farm and mill level, and this is why we have brought this coffee back to the roastery again.
Most of their coffee is of the Villa Sarchi variety, native to the area and excellent in the cup. Villa Sarchi is a Bourbon mutation (similar to Caturra and Pacas) found originally in Naranjo, West Valley. It is a dwarf variety with short internodes and usually higher-yielding production. The cup can be floral, with great intense and elegant acidity, high fruit tones (like passion fruit), and pleasing sweetness.
Coffee has been cultivated in Costa Rica since 1779. Currently, the regions producing the best quality are Tarrazu, West Valley, and Central Valley. Coffee production has been threatened the past decade due to a real-estate boom converting coffee-lands into prime development properties. San Jose, the capital, is right in the heart of Central Valley, where you will find private houses next to coffee farms. The value of these farms have now skyrocketed.
In the last few years the Costa Rican micro lot market has grown to be one of the most popular origins that deliver very consistent quality year-after-year.
Eclipse entered coffee from this farm into the espresso category of the 2018 North America Golden Bean Competition and it was our highest scoring coffee receiving a silver medal.
Our espresso recipe using 20g basket
20.5g in / 42g out
in 28 to 32 seconds