The Aguilera brothers are a group of 12 siblings who have been focusing on producing speciality micro-lots for over 15 years and are well known around the world. As a group they own several farms around the West Valley area of Costa Rica and their micro mill is located just a few minutes drive from La Isla micro mill, another fantastic coffee producer!
The farms surround their processing mill and are planted with various varietals, including Villa Sarchi, Catuai, SL28 and Geisha. Their focus is on producing mainly honey and natural micro-lots with varietal separation and all processing takes place on site.
Harvesting & Processing
Coffee is very carefully hand harvested to ensure only ripe cherry is selected. After harvesting the coffee is either processed as a honey or natural:
Natural: Coffee cherry is laid out to dry on raised beds or patios and turned regularly to ensure even drying. Different lots are dried using different layer thickness to control fermentation.
Honey: Coffee cherry is pulped using a Penagos eco-pulper to remove the outer layer of fruit before drying on concrete patios. The Penagos can be controlled to remove different amounts of fruit to create different types of honey processed coffees. These are usually referred to as white, yellow and red honey.