Costa Rica Las Lajas (200g)
Cocoa and fruit-driven. Dark chocolate, dried apricot, gently scorched oak, lime zest, gardenia in aroma and cup. Sweet in structure with gentle, round acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The finish consolidates to wood-framed dark chocolate and dried apricot.
FARM: Las Lajas
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 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, primarily 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.
Las Lajas arrived to our hands from the company Olam Specialty coffees. Olam coffees is a sourcing company focusing solely on high quality green coffees. They do the groundwork to identify, improve, select, and import the best coffees from the most interesting origins. Every coffee they buy or forward to a client is selected based on the cup profile. They believe that transparency through the chain and premiums going back to the producers is the only way to achieve the best collaboration. Collaboration with olam started 2 years ago and many of our coffees are based to their quality of transparency.
About Las Lajas
ARRIVED IN:15kg Boxes
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 fully washed method . All of the left-over coffee pulp is recycled and used as fertiliser on the farm.