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Costa Rica, Las Lajas, Black Honey

Costa Rica, Las Lajas, Black Honey

Regular price $25.00 USD
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When we saw that Las Lajas was back for another year by way of Brandywine Coffee Roasters, we had to bring it in! It's consistently one of our favorite coffees and this time it's sweeter than ever! The Chacon family is famous for their honey processing and this lot proves exactly why.

In addition to sourcing and roasting with utmost care and intentionality, each bag features a graphic from Brandywine's in-house designer and is individually screenprinted and wax stamped. 

Tasting notes: Apple Juice, Cranberry, Rhubarb Pie

  • Origin: Costa Rica
  • Region: Sabanilla de Alajuela
  • Producer: Francisca & Oscar Chacon
  • Varietal: Catuai, Caturra, Villa Sarchi
  • Process Method: Black Honey 
  • Drying Process: Patio and solar dried machine 

More about what makes this coffee special...Francisca Chacon and her husband Oscar are 3rd generation coffee producers in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. Considered pioneers of honey and natural process coffees in Central America, Oscar and Francisca are constantly experimenting with new processing techniques and push for the perfect technique to produce a cup that expresses the inherent delicacy, harmony and complexity of their coffees. 

Both Francisca and Oscar believe in preservation of the environment. They were one of the first pioneers of high-quality honey and natural process coffees in Central America back in 2009 when they started experimenting with special processes. Water use at the mill is minimal, since their coffees do not undergo the washed process. During the harvest of their coffees they will measure the brix content in the coffee cherries to determine the best time to pick their coffees to obtain the sweetest and most fruit-forward profile.

Does this coffee have honey in it?
Nope! Honey processed coffee is dried with the skins removed but with some of the fruit pulp (mucilage) still adhering to the beans. This coffee is classified as black honey, meaning the coffee is rotated every 24 hours, as opposed to yellow or red which is turned every hour or several times a day. 
A specialty of Las Lajas, the black honey process has been developed and refined over the seasons and is the longest honey process used at Las Lajas.


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