Diego Robelo - Aquiares Estate - Natural
Strawberry and watermelon candy with milk chocolate.
Category - Adventurous
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Roast - Espresso & Filter
Origin - Costa Rica
Region - Turrialba
Producer - Diego Robelo
Farm - Aquiares Estate
Varietal - Centroamericano
Process - Natural
This is another delicious coffee 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 natural processed, centroamericano varietal that has been dried in Diego's greenhouse on ceramic floors for 4 days before being moved to raised beds for 10 days. The coffee is then depulped and dried in a mechanical dryer for another day.
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.