Costa Rica Las Lajas Micromill - Black Honey Process
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Origin: Costa Rica
Farm: Calle San Juan Farm
Varieties: Caturra, Catuai,
Altitude: 1450–1600 meters above sea level
Process: Honey Processed
We are excited to have a coffee from the Las Lajas Micromill back on our menu! Coffees from here have been a favorite of ours over the years. The mill is owned by Oscar and Francisca Chacon and located in the Central Valley growing region. The story of the mill is a testament to the sharing of knowledge and willingness to take necessary risks. In 2005, after years of delivering their cherry to a cooperative for the going market price, they decided to buy their own depulper to have more control over the quality and the price they received. This was new and required a lot of experimentation to dial in their processes. Another new need for taking risks happened in 2008, when an earthquake prevented the mill from having access to water for several weeks. Oscar had heard about the pulped naturals and natural-processed coffees coming out of Ethiopia and Brazil. Without access to water during the harvest, he decided to take a chance and experiment with these methods (washed process was the standard processing method in Costa Rica). At around the same time, the founder of our local coffee importer, Cafe Imports, visited the area and was impressed by the quality of the coffee. Cafe Imports became one of the first to purchase coffee with this new (for Costa Rica) processing method.
Many of the guiding principles of Las Lajas are rooted in concerns for environmental impact: mitigating water usage by making natural and honey-processed coffees, and planting shade trees to help against excessive heat from climate change. Their decision to take that risk has since changed the landscape of specialty coffee in Costa Rica, encouraging more of the surrounding farmers and mills to embrace new and innovative ways to process coffee.
This particular offering from Las Lajas comes from the San Juan Farm. They chose the Black Honey drying process for this lot, which involves taking the skin off of the coffee cherries and allowing them to dry in the sun, only rotating them once per day. This extra contact time between the fermenting fruit and the seed yields some fun, wild and intense flavors. In this lot, we note cranberry, hazelnut, and chocolate fudge flavors, giving a heavy bodied cup that is fruity and desserty. There is so much depth and complexity in this coffee. It is absolutely phenomenal!
All coffees are available in whole bean only.
We roast and ship on Mondays and Thursdays. Orders placed Thursday through Sunday at midnight will roast and ship on Monday. Orders placed Monday through Wednesday at midnight will roast and ship on Thursday.