QUALITY SCORE: 86.00
Caramel / Almond / Dark Chocolate / Lemon
A special lot with a familiar sensory profile - it can accompany you at any time of the day. A classic washed coffee from Central America that will satisfy most palates.
Suggested for espresso and filter
when we roast
We freshly roast to order all coffees on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding national holidays), and ship the same day! Cut-off time is 11:59pm (UTC+1) of the day before the roast day. *We only ship whole beans*
- Quality Score
- Diego Robelo
- Costa Rica
- 1200 masl
- Washed - Raised Beds
- Arabica cultivar
- Centroamericano H1
- Picked in
- Nov. 2022 - Jan. 2023
- Arrived in
- October 2023
- Shipped in
- Jute + GrainPro
- Roast profile by
- Rubens Gardelli
- Roasted on
- Customised solid-drum roaster
Suggested brewing recipe
There are two recipes: one for conical brewer (think v60) and one for flat-bottom brewer (think Kalita), however you can surely brew our coffees with any other brewing device, such as immersion brewers.
Please remember that these recipes are intended as starting points and may require further adjustments if the equipment you use is not identical to the one in the recipe; the characteristics of water used can also make a big difference in brewing.
Finally, the recipes suited specifically to Rubens’ roasting style, hence we do not guarantee that they will work as a universal reference.
Have fun brewing!
- Comandante 30 clicks (medium)
- 250g (40 tds) at 90°C
- Brew strenght:
- 1,45 tds
- Comandante 28 clicks (medium)
- 250g (40 tds) at 90°C
- Brew strenght:
- 1,43 tds
THE STORY BEHIND
The name "Aquiares" means “land between rivers” in the Huetar indigenous language, and Aquiares Estate is commonly referred to as “Aquiares Coffee and Community”. It is the largest farm in Costa Rica and home to 1,800 people. The farm was founded in 1890, and a century later it was fully transformed by Alfonso Robelo. Alfonso arrived in Costa Rica in the 1980s seeking refuge from the civil war in Nicaragua, where he was politically active. When politics soured into violence, he fled the country to keep his family and himself safe after receiving several threats against his life. Once in Costa Rica, Alfonso began building the Aquiares community on the enchanting slopes of the Turrialba volcano, a lush area of forests, rivers, fauna, and bright flora. Alfredo challenged the status quo, transforming the relationship between landowner and farm workers. He brought a visionary approach to Aquiares, a farm suffering from low prices and instability. Aquiares had more than 200 employee homes on the farm, but because none owned their home, there was great insecurity in the workforce. Alfonso saw an opportunity to strengthen the company by helping people feel proud of the coffee they produce. He oversaw the farm evolving into a small town where workers purchased their own homes. Today, Aquiares remains a model of sustainable agriculture. Nowadays Alfonso’s son, Diego, manages the farm. Under his lead, the farm has taken a fresh approach to specialty coffee, exploring the farm’s potential.
Through implementing excellent agricultural management, embracing new varieties, and experimenting with processing, Aquiares has become a trailblazer among specialty coffee producers in Costa Rica and all of Central America. Aquiares focuses on carbon neutrality and measures its greenhouse gas emissions to calculate its carbon emissions against its offsets. An agent verified under the International Panel on Climate Change norms verifies these calculations, and Aquiares’ carbon measurement and emissions reduction are part of Costa Rica’s Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action. In addition to capturing carbon, the farm’s protected biological corridors have long ensured the wellbeing of local animals and plants. Aquiares also welcomes researchers from around the world to conduct agricultural and environmental studies on their land. The projects, conducted here, include investigating the benefits of agroforestry for soil health and observing the diverse bird and wildlife species that thrive in an agroecological environment. Aquiares is an example of innovation and perseverance, and the benefits of its operation extend beyond the farm and workers and serve as a model for sustainable, equitable production for the broader coffee industry. The lots selected from Aquiares represent our shared commitment to sustainability, equity, and innovation.
The region of Turrialba is Costa Rica’s hidden coffee gem. The city of Turrialba is a modest agricultural town in the Province of Cartago, and the coffee farms spread throughout the Canton of Turrialba, from smallholder plots to the country’s largest estates, produce coffees with a range of cup profiles and interesting genetic legacies. Turrialba is home to CATIE, the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education, one of Central America’s premier crop research and development sites, as well as one of Latin America’s largest living coffee tree variety collections. Along with other research institutions, CATIE helped produce many of the hybrid and selected coffee varieties now common in Costa Rica and neighboring countries. The Turrialba Volcano is still active today: it began erupting more consistently starting in 2014, and the region’s volcanic soil is rich with nutrients. Farmers in the area grow vegetables and sugarcane as well as coffee, and landowners in the lower area raise beef cattle. Turrialba’s productive land supplies much of Costa Rica’s domestic needs, and coffee prepared for export passes through the area’s private mills, which are more common here, compared to the cooperative mills that dominate in other cantons.
Centroamericano H1 is an F1 hybrid variety generated by crossing the Sarchimor T-5296 and a wild Rume Sudan variety. It is reproduced through a tissue culture cloning process called somatic embryogenesis. This cultivar has been distributed among coffee producers in Central America over the last decade, and the first productive harvests are now available.
Turrialba’s climate is well suited to growing this new variety, and Aquaires is up to the challenge of meeting its complex nutritional needs. This hybrid represents the best of the farm and cupping worlds because it is high-yielding and rust-resistant and has a complex, elegant profile.
THE FERMENTATION PROCESS
This lot of Centroamericano H1 coffee was mechanically washed and dried on raised beds in a solar dryer for 18 to 24 days.