COSTA RICA - AGUILERA
Aguilera farm is run by 12 siblings (8 brothers and 4 sisters) on a total of 50 hectares. Dagoberto is one of them. The farms altitudes are running from 1,450 masl to 1,700. The mill is at 1,450 masl. The farms also have wind protections with some local trees on all farm edges.
After slashing weeds, they use them a mulch material, they prune each tree every 3 years and they have left a decent amount of space in between rows. A combination of chemical and organic fertilization is applied a couple of times a year.
They also roast and grind their own coffee, the family itself consumes 69 kg of coffee a month and they sell about 50kg to neighbours per week.
At the peak of the harvest, 45 pickers work with them in the farms. 2018-2019 season has been very low, and the volumes dropped drastically.
However, the weather has been really sunny and dry, therefore they only did naturals, Red and Black honeys this year. The football pitch, which is protected from the wind down the mill, is where they dry their naturals. The naturals are not moved for 2 full days and then moved with the rake without stepping on it to avoid damaging the cherries. Naturals are then moved 3 times a day and every half an hour for the honeys.
It takes them about 7 days to dry the Red honeys this year and 22 days for the naturals.
Apricot. Berry-like. Apple. Mango
PRODUCER : Dagoberto
REGION : Naranjo, Los Robles
PROCESS : Natural
ALTITUDE: 1600 masl
CULTIVAR: Villa Sarchi