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Costa Rica - Finca Calle Lajas (8oz)
Origin: Costa Rica
Cupping Notes: Red Berry, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Tart Fruit Acidity, Rich Caramel; Delicate & Sweet
Producers: Oscar & Francisca Chacon
Region: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Farm: Calle Lajas
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi
Altitude: 1450 masl
Process Method: Red Honey
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 and Natural coffees in Costa Rica in the 2000s. 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.
The micromill is also one of the only certified-organic mills in the area, and the Chacons take their environmental impact very seriously. To mitigate their water usage, Oscar uses a Penagos demucilaging machine to depulp his coffee, which has cut the Chacon's water consumption down to almost nothing.
The Chacons produce several different types of Honeys and Naturals: For their Honeys, 100% of the mucilage is left on the coffee, and the coffee is dried in different ways. 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. "Every day I wake up I learn something new,” Oscar says about his study of the drying process.
(Source: Cafe Imports)