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Diego Robelo - Aquiares Estate - Molasses Fermentation Natural - Competition

Tropical fruits with rum, boozy chocolate and toffee.

Category - Competition 

Roast - Espresso & Filter

Origin - Costa Rica
Region - Turrialba
Producer - Diego Robelo
Farm - Aquiares Estate

Varietal - Centroamericano
Process - Molasses Fermentation Natural


This coffee is an experimental lot from Diego Robelo and the amazing people from the Aquiares Estate and Community in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Diego is the General Manager of Aquiares Estate and oversees all of the harvesting, processing and quality control.

This lot is a centroamericano varietal that has been harvested when the cherries are ripe. The cherries are then put in steel barrels where cane sugar molasses and water are added at a ratio of 5% molasses to water. The molasses is added not to flavour the coffee but to fuel the fermentation process that takes place with the natural microbial cultures present in the coffee cherries. The pH of the tanks is checked twice a day and the coffee is removed when the pH reaches 4.0 (between 2-4 days in the tank) the coffee is then removed from the tanks and dried in the sun for 10 days. 

One of our roastery staff, Quinn, used this coffee in the National Barista Championships on August 20th. This coffee is a sweet, juicy, complex, boozy and delicious.


The community of Aquiares sits in the midst of the farm and is home to almost 2,000 people. The town boasts a century-old primary school, a youth sports program, a recycling committee, an early childhood nutrition center and a church built in 1925, which is a National Architectural Historic Monument. 

In the 1990s, the farm began a campaign to improve home ownership in the local community. Each worker was given a bonus for their years of service and the farm gave assistance to people applying for government loans. Today 96% of the Aquiares employees own their own houses.

The farm and the community are mutually connected. The farm provides services, land, security and honest jobs. In return, the coffee farm has benefited from a well-educated community and relies on highly skilled professionals from it's community to continue functioning. Such a level of interdependence has helped contribute to the sense of pride that Aquiares takes in both it's community and coffee.

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