As summer hits its peak, Climpson & Sons is excited to introduce theAquiares from Costa Rica into our singles range. This coffee, from the Aquiares Farm on the slopes of the Turrialba Volcano is an incredibly unique combination of Sudan Rume (an ancient Sudanese varietal) and Sarchimor (a hybrid of Catimor and Villa Sarchi varietals). Essentially this coffee is two rare components brought together into something altogether very special and available only for a short time here at Climpsons. A washed coffee, Aquiares is perfect for filter brewing options, with flavour notes including green grape, passion fruit and a sweet caramel finish. In keeping with the forward thinking and very particular nature of this bean, we've decided that the Centroamericano will be our new Fields coffee from August. The Fields was always envisaged as a showcase of the most experimental elements of what we do here at Climpson & Sons roastery, and we feel that this coffee perfectly represents that approach.
As we launch the new Fields, it also gives us the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about how we source our beans, and the steps we go through to bring you some the finest and most delicious flavours you'll find anywhere. For this particular coffee, we have our friends at Mercanta to thank. These London based importers/brokers invited Head Roaster Simon Clark and myself to come and try a selection of fresh crop Costa Rican coffees this last March, as the region began to come into season. Across two tables of ten each, we were able to try a wide range of some of the finest coffees Costa Rican farmers have to offer, giving everyone in attendance a sense of just how diverse these farms can be even within a relatively small territory.
At the end of the day, this coffee and in fact all of the beans hailing from the Aquiares Farm stood head and shoulders above the rest for quality, complexity and flavour. Aquiares is one of the oldest coffee estates in the country and at the present time is also the largest, covering roughly 2,283 acres (924 hectares). Over the last few years it has developed a string of hybrid varietals alongside its regular harvest, and with a host of sustainable environmental practices and a keen sense of the ever changing coffee market, it's revealed itself to be an increasingly impressive player in the country.
We've been working with Mercanta for the last few years now, and its our relationship with partners like them which allows us to access exciting and unique coffees like the Aquiares to Climpson & Sons customers.