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Costa Rica - Aguilera brothers SL28 Honey

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Costa Rica - Aguilera brothers SL28 Honey

Varietal –  SL28
Preparation –  Honey
Location – Naranjo, West Valley
Altitude – 1650 masl
Importer - Horsham Coffee Roaster

This is a fantastic honey-processed coffee from the Aguilera Brothers in the West Valley, Costa Rica. They are very well known around the world as producers of fantastic speciality coffee and we first bought their coffee back in 2014!

We are super excited to be sourcing our Costa Rican coffees directly. We source our Costa Rican coffees in partnership with Selva Coffee, a small exporter representing a select group of coffee producers that we visited in February 2020.

These producers are located in the West Valley, Central Valley, and Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. You can read more about our direct trade coffees in our Transparency Report. The video below was filmed in February 2020.

Farm Overview

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 know 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!

Aguilera Brothers coffee farm

The farms are planted with a range of different varietals including Villa Sarchi, Catuai, SL28 and Geisha. Their focus is on producing mainly honey and natural microlots with varietal separation. We were fortunate to have been able to visit them in 2020 and you can see some of the incredible ripe cherry arriving to be dried on their own football field!

Harvesting and Processing:

This coffee has been harvested from SL28 trees. This varietal is mainly grown in Kenya and has become famous for producing coffee with amazing cup scores and vibrant acidity. You can read more about SL28 on the World Coffee Research website. When we cupped this sample the vibrant acidity and similarity to Kenya coffee is immediately obvious making this a unique and very different coffee.

After harvest the coffee is pulped using a Penagos Eco-pulper to remove the outer layer of fruit:

Costa Rica Aguilera Brothers coffee pulping

Once the outer layer of fruit has been removed the coffee is laid out to dry on concrete patios under the protection of a poly tunnel:

Costa Rica Aguilera brother honey processed coffee

Tasting Notes:

This is lovely clean, bright, crisp and juicy honey processed coffee. It showcases wonderful sweetness with a crisp red apple acidity and notes of blackcurrant that reminds us of a fantastic Kenya coffee. 

Brewing:

This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as whole bean and pre-ground, but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

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We’re not easily pleased - honest!

This is our new favourite. We were disappointed that our usual Kenyan coffee was not available, but true to form Horsham never disappoints. This has a slightly fuller depth and richness to the flavour and makes a perfect cup every time. We’re on our 2nd kilo now!

Makes my mornings that much better

I upgraded from a cheap blade grinder to this and the difference is night and day. Consistency is key when it comes to good coffee and until I got this I was making a completely different cup each morning. Now I really feel like I have control over my grind size and my coffee quality has improved massively.

Easy to use, easy to clean, well priced compared to others on the market, what's not to love?

Best so far

This is absolutely delicious , best coffee so far

Class grinder

I recently was looking for an electric grinder that would not be over expensive but better than the cheaper end models so after lots of reviews I managed to settle on the wilfa . I also watched a James Hoffmann YouTube video of this grinder and liked what he had to say . Now I’ve been using it a few weeks it’s superb and quite quiet and very quick at grinding 14g of beans in no time at all . Overall I expect it to last a long time as it’s well built and easy to clean

Great coffee!!

If you haven’t tried this coffee and you are an espresso fan then do yourself a favour and give it a try.