Hasbean - Costa Rica Edition 22.060 Finca Villa Sarchi Natural
CUPPING NOTES: Cherry yoghurt, bruised plum, sultana.
Expect a hit of creamy cherry yoghurt at the front, before it rolls into bruised plums and sultanas on the finish for this fruity and funky example of natural processing.
- Country: Costa Rica
- Region: Western Valley
- Province: Alajuela
- Farm: Finca Licho
- Producers: Aguilera family
- Farm size: 28.00 hectares
- Coffee growing area: 9.10 hectares
- Elevation: 1,500 m.a.s.l.
- Varietal: Bourbon
- Processing system: Natural
We love to celebrate the awesome things that happen when strong relationships are built between producers and roasters like Hasbean. Finca Licho, who produce world-class Costa Rican coffee, is a shining reflection of those ethos. An unfortunate reality of coffee farming is unscrupulous coffee buyers making promises they don’t honour. That’s not us, so we’re extra mindful of not asking too much from producers early on. We earn their trust first. We’ve worked with Finca Licho since 2007 and increasingly showed we’re reliable, so a great relationship was born.
Finca Licho is owned by and run by Los Hermanos Aguilera. The Aguilera family of 12 brothers and sisters inherited the business from their parents, who started growing coffee over 50 years ago. They manage the entire farm with the help of their third generation—the mill and drying patios, fertilising and pruning coffee trees and more. They have a reputation for their deep understanding of quality at the farm and mill level, which shows in the Costa Rican coffee they produce. It’s a big part of why we’re always excited to work with them.
We first bought from Finca Licho in 2007 when it was awarded fourth place in the Cup of Excellence. Situated 1,500 metres above sea level in the region of Naranjo, the farm is located in the volcanic Northern Cordiles corridor of the Western Valley, which is an area famous for the production of excellent quality coffee. It’s become a firm favourite with our community and team who look forward to its arrival each year.
The majority of the coffee grown at Finca Licho is Villa Sarchi, but there's a smidge of Caturra too (they're about 65% and 25% of production respectively). The remainder of coffee production is made up of a mixture of more unusual varieties like Geisha and Red Pacamara, some of which we've been able to get our hands a few times now they're established enough to provide annual crops.
If you'd like to keep up with the family you can do so over on Instagram, make sure to give @aguilerabrothers a follow!
CUPPING NOTES: Cherry yoghurt, bruised plum, sultana
- Clean cup: (1–8): 6.5
- Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
- Acidity: (1–8): 6
- Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
- Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
- Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
- Balance: (1–8): 6
- Overall: (1–8): 7
- Correction: (+36): +36
- Total (max. 100): 87
Medium - through first and let it develop a little in the gap, keeping it before second and not over developing it or you'll lose the funk.