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Costa Rica Las Lajas


Exotic. Creamy. Sweet Spice. Fresh Herbs.

Variety Caturra & Catuai
Processing Black Honey
Region Los Angeles, Sabanillas de Alajuela, Central Valley
Farmer Oscar Chacon
Altitude 1500masl
Roast Level Light Roast
Quantity 250g

About this coffee :

The Chacón Solano Family has been growing coffee at Las Lajas for over 80 years and for three generations. The current generation, headed by Oscar and Francisca Chacón, began farming organically around 30 years ago and in 2000 became one of only a handful of farms in Costa Rica to be officially certified organic. The family strives not only to farm in an environmentally and socially responsible way but also to produce coffee of the highest quality. They are innovative with regards to the processing and were one of the early innovators in Costa Rica with regards to perfecting different honey and natural methods of processing.

Las Lajas is located at 1,300 to 1,500m in the foothills of the Poás volcano, in prime specialty coffee country in the Sabanilla de Alajuela region of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. This lush, fertile area is characterised by heavy and regular rainfall of around 3,000mm for 150 days of the year.

The farm produces 100% Arabica coffee, Caturra and Catuaí varietals, which is grown in the shade of native trees. Organic composts are produced on-site using vermiculture (worm composting), and the production process is entirely free of chemicals and agro-toxins.

The harvest starts in December and runs until February. The cherries are selectively handpicked, to ensure that only fully ripe and good quality cherries are collected. These are then processed at the farm’s state-of-the-art micromill, where the cherries are pulped using an ecological ‘dry’ pulper, saving thousands of litres of water in the process. The bean is then processed according to the Black Honey method (see below). All of the left-over coffee pulp is recycled and used as fertiliser on the farm.

Black Honey is where mucilage is left as close to intact as possible & beans are dried on a raised bed in fully shaded conditions. Beans are not moved at all on the first day and are then raked once a day; drying time can take up to three weeks.

This Costa Rica coffee is a true beauty. Very creamy mouthfeel with exotic spice notes like cinnamon & fresh herbs, jammy intense sweetness that definitely makes a memorable cup. 

Brewing Recipe :

Brewing ratio 1 : 15
Ground coffee 15g
Total water 220ml
Water temperature 95ºc
Brew time 2-2.30 minutes
Roast Date 21st of March

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