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FINCA LA ADILIA, Alajuela - Costa Rica
FINCA LA ADILIA, Alajuela - Costa Rica

FINCA LA ADILIA, Alajuela - Costa Rica

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Finca La Adilia from Don Sabino Micromill is a father-son project that produces meticulous coffees in what seems like "simple" conditions, but with incredible care and attention to detail.

Though the mill was established in 2011, Steven Vargas and his father have both been in coffee their whole lives. They own several plots of farmland in the area, where they grow a number of different varieties: Villa Sarchi is their primary crop, but they also grow, Catuai, Caturra, Gesha, SL-28, and a small amount of Mokka. For several of the mill's early years, the Vargas drying beds were full of only Naturals, but lately, Steven is attempting a small amount of Honey coffee as well, “because Luis likes it,”

Score: 87.00





    Costa Rica


    October-November 2022


    Alajuela, Central Valley


    Steven Vargas


    1650 Masl


    Sugary sweetness and mouthfeel with tart fruit acidity, caramel, chocolate, toffee, apple and pear flavours

Operated by Steven Vargas, Don Sabino Micromill is a recent addition to the Vargas family’s coffee business in the West Valley region of Costa Rica. The family’s history in coffee began with Steven’s great-grandfather, Recadero Vargas, who was one of the pioneers of coffee production in the area of Poas, Alajuela. The legacy continued on to Steven’s grandfather, Don Sabino Vargas Sibaja, and father, Gilberth Vargas, making Steven part of the fourth generation of his family to work in coffee production.


Steven originally joined the family business in 2010 when he, his father, and his brother made the decision to produce specialty coffees. With Steven’s father responsible for taking care of the farms as he had for many years, Steven was able to focus on implementing changes and new plans, as well as finding new markets for their coffees. It was from this decision to produce specialty coffee that Steven and his father founded a family micromill in 2011, named Don Sabino after Steven’s grandfather.

Don Sabino Micromill is located at the foot of the Poas Volcano in Sabanilla, Alajuela. Since its inception the mill has grown to be a shining example of scalable quality, growing from a small number of microlots to a full-fledged family business which grows, processes, and sells coffee around the world.


Since joining the family coffee business, part of Steven’s vision has always been to acquire more land for coffee cultivation. This vision has been with the intention of not only scaling the volume produced by the family, but also to diversify the coffee varieties cultivated. Today, Steven owns approximately 50 hectares of land which are planted with a large collection of varieties including Caturra, Catuai, Gesha, Obata, Villa Sarchi, SL-28, and many others.


Steven’s farms have a unique landscape which contributes to the final cup characteristics of his coffee. All of his farms, including La Adilia where this coffee was cultivated, are under the Poas Volcano and benefit from the nutrient-rich volcanic soil. The topography of the coffee fields doesn’t include steep slopes, which makes organizing the land and separating the coffee varieties easily manageable. The microclimate brings sunny mornings followed by cool and misty afternoons, creating an environment in which coffee thrives.


This lot of Catuai coffee underwent Natural processing at Don Sabino Micromill. All coffees processed at Don Sabino receive either Natural or Honey processing, conserving the water that would otherwise be used for Washed processing.

Natural coffees from Don Sabino Micromill are fully sun-dried on raised beds. The beds are made of black zaran material which encourages airflow around the cherries during drying. Cherries enjoy sunlight throughout the day and are covered with plastic overnight to prevent moisture from building up on the coffees. Cherries are dried for 2–3 weeks to reach their ideal humidity before being stored in the mill’s warehouse for 1–2 months to rest. After resting, each microlot is sorted for screen size, color, and density before being packaged for shipment.

  • All our coffee is packed in 200g, 500g or 1kg foil-lined and valved bags.
  • All our coffees are roasted to order so we require at least one working day before we can dispatch your order.
  • Standard delivery is charged at £2.75 per order (mainland uk).
  • For all orders over £20 (before delivery) delivery is free.