COSTA RICA HACIENDA AQUIARES - Medium-Dark Roast Coffee
Mild, pleasant acidity with a smooth body making this flavoursome coffee suitable for all times of the day. Presents flavours of sweet milk chocolate and a hazelnut undertone.
What you need to know...
- Flavours - red berry, hazelnut, milk chocolate
- Aroma - distinct
- Body - medium, smooth
- Acidity - pronounced
Cafetiere, drip, aeropress, filter coffees.
The finer details...
- Country: Costa Rica
- Altitude: 1,350 m above sea level
- Varietal: Caturra
- Harvesting Period: November - January
- Processing: Washed, drum dried
Hacienda Aquiares lies on the fertile slopes of the Turrialba Volcano. It is a farm with a century-long tradition of growing high-quality Arabica coffee, protecting its stunning natural setting, and supporting the local town. Aquiares produces coffee known for its good acidity and body, its defined aroma, and its prolonged and pleasant after-taste. Established by British farmers in 1890, Aquiares was one of the first estates to produce and export Costa Rican coffee. Since 1971, three families have worked together with the farm and the community to realise their vision of a modern model of sustainable agriculture.
Hacienda Aquiares is the largest continuous coffee estate in Costa Rica, covering 2,283 acres (924 hectares). Of these, 1,663 acres (673 hectares) are shade-grown Arabica coffee. Over 20% of the land (492 acres or 199 hectares) is protected natural forest. The name, “Aquiares,” comes from the farm’s location, nestled between the Aquiares and Turrialba Rivers: “Aquiares” means “between rivers” in Costa Rica’s indigenous language. Another river, the Jesus Maria, flows through the farm and over a 90-foot waterfall. On the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano, the farm’s terrain varies from gently sloping to steep hills. Valleys between these hills create micro-climates that are ideal for growing a variety of high-quality coffees. Though the setting feels remote, Aquiares is just 4.5 miles north of the city of Turrialba (with a population of 36,000) and 1.5 hours from San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital.