Aquiares Estate Don Alfonso Entre Rios (Costa Rica)
The history and culture of Costa Rica is inextricably linked to coffee. On the eve of the country’s independence from Spain, in 1821, free coffee seeds were distributed by the government to promote coffee production to bolster the economy. An initiative that lead to coffee being Costa Rica’s key export for centuries to come. Established in 1890, Aquiares was one of the first estates to export its coffee globally.
Over many years, the farm has developed an enduring model for growing high-quality Arabica coffee, protecting a stunning natural setting, and supporting a thriving local community. Aquiares estate is found between two rivers, high on the slopes of one of Costa Rica’s last active volcanos, Turrialba. The fertile soil and infinite clean water supply provide the perfect coffee tree growing conditions.
The farm manages the entire coffee production chain, from seedling production to plant cultivation, harvesting and milling. This ensures the highest standards of quality assurance are met and guarantees a traceable product. It also allows the Robelo family to experiment with innovative new varietals and processing methods. For this special microlot, only the ripest cherries were picked by a team of skilled harvesters to undergo an anaerobic fermentation process which has produced a cup bursting with juicy strawberry and soft apricot notes along with a honeycomb sweetness.
The finer details...
Marsellesa & Obatá
800 to 1,400m above sea level