Costa Rica - Aguilera Brothers - Honey Gesha - Micro-Lot

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Costa Rica - Aguilera Brothers - Honey Gesha - Micro-Lot

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Honey processed coffees and the Gesha variety are modern gems in the specialty coffee world. The story of the Gesha variety travels from Ethiopia to Panama and now to most coffee-growing countries. It is currently the record holder for the most expensive coffee ever sold, which was a 2019 auction lot from Panama. And the honey process has been gaining popularity over the past decade as well, especially the work being done in Costa Rica. The Aguiler Brothers are certainly at the forefront of that.

Read below for more info on the Aguiler Brothers story.

Tasting Notes: Berry, cacao, caramel - Peanut Butter Jelly Jam

Roast Profile: Medium Roast

Origin:  Costa Rica

Region: West Valley

Farm:  Finca Edgar

Variety: Geisha

Processing: Honey

Altitude:  1,500 masl - 4,920 ft

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The Aguileras are a family of 12 brothers and sisters who are second-generation

coffee producers in the West Valley. (Hermanos is used to describe mixed male and

female siblings in Spanish, but literally translates to "brothers" in English.) Their

father was one of the first coffee growers in the area and planted his farm 70 years

ago. Neighboring farmers warned him that coffee wouldn't grow there, but now the

area is rich with coffee lands. His children, the Aguilera Brothers, work together to

produce coffee: Most of the siblings own farmland, and they comanage the

micromill they installed with the earnings from their fourth-place Cup of Excellence

win in 2007.

At first, their father was skeptical about the mill, but he was pleased by the results:

Before they had the mill, the family was selling its coffee to a local cooperative and

did not have any connection with the roasters who bought the lots. "No one ever

visited before," says brother Erasmo, the general manager of the micromill. "Now

we get feedback, and we hear who likes the coffee and how we can make it better."

They have a nursery in which they are growing many different varieties.