Don Sabino is back - this year with a Villa Sarchí from Finca El Orvo. Again Steven and Gilberth are showing their expertise in natural processing, providing a balanced coffee with fruity berry notes, sweetness reminding of chocolate and sugarcane, elegant florals and that special Don Sabino taste of fresh coffee cherry.
Café Don Sabino is a family business run today by Gilberth Vargas Acuña and his son Steven Vargas Bastos. The history goes back to 1940 however, when Steven’s great grandfather and after him his son Sabino were among the pioneers of coffee production in the area of Sabanilla de Alajuela.
It was in 2010 when Gilberth together with his family decided to completely focus on quality coffee and in the following years Café Don Sabino opened markets for their coffees in North America, Europe and Asia and Australia.
Don Sabino is especially renowned for their natural coffees. Here the pickers recollect only ripe cherries, which Steven simply calls “uva” (grape) and this coffee is then being brought to the beneficio. Basically in the backyard of his house, Steven built up a number of so called African beds ( elevated drying racks covered with a mesh ), where the fresh and humid coffee cherries are being spread evenly in thin layers. Defective cherries can be removed by hand. Now to prevent the development of overfermented flavours or even the spread of mold, the coffee cherries are being turned around every hour during daytime. In the afternoon at around 2pm, when the pickers stop working, the african beds are covered with a special plastic foil to protect the coffee cherries from the cold and humidity during the night. Depending on the weather conditions the drying process can take 13-14 days under favourable sunny conditions and up to 1 month, if it is cloudy.
Producer: Steven&Gilberth Vargas
Region: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Altitude: 1300 - 1600m
Variety: Villa Sarchí
Taste Notes: Black Cherry, Raisin, Panela