SINGLE ORIGIN COSTA RICA LAS LAJAS PEABERRY
Rum + Dark Chocolate
COUNTRY: Costa Rica
REGION: Central Valley
CULTIVAR: Caturra, Catuai
Oscar and Francisca Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third-generation coffee producers who are committed to quality and innovation and are probably best known for being among the first to produce honey coffees in Costa Rica. The micro mill is also one of the only certified-organic mills in the area, and the Chacons take their environmental impact very seriously.
Las Lajas began producing honey coffees in 2008, after an earthquake cut off the mill's access to water for several weeks. Oscar had heard that in Brazil and Ethiopia they use pulped-natural and natural techniques to process coffees, so he tried it with his harvest that year.
Oscar believes that just as the roast profile will change the flavor of a coffee, the drying curve also has an impact. He wants the drying to happen slowly, which means that production is necessarily limited.
The Chacons produce several different types of Honey and Naturals: For their Honey, 100% of the mucilage is left on the coffee, and the coffee is dried in different ways. The Chacons determine which process to use based on the weather on the day the coffee is harvested.