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Costa Rica – ACES – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabana Redonda – SL28 – Black Diamond – Honey – Green Unroasted

In Stock: 33.5 Lbs
Costa Rica
Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Sabana Redonda
SL-28
1450 - 1600 masl
Honey
90
Intense ripe fruit and floral flavors, sugary sweetness and syrup like mouthfeel with winey fruit acidity; raspberry, elderflower, rose, campari, cherry and blueberry flavors.
Medium (City Roast)

Cupping Score of 89!

Taste: The deep richness of cooked fruit really shines in this bean. It has a brighter acidity than some honeys along with that typical Costa Rican smoothness.

Roast: Roast to medium (City Roast) to highlight the fruitiness or extend the development phase to bring out the richness this bean has to offer.

About: Oscar and Francisca Chacón are third-generation coffee producers, but the coffee is more than just in their family heritage: It’s in their hearts and souls as well. The couple is committed to quality and innovation, and are among the very first farmers in Costa Rica to produce Honey and Natural process specialty coffee.

In 2005, after years of delivering their cherry to a cooperative for the going market price, they decided to join the brand-new “micromill revolution” and buy their own depulper to have more control over the quality and the price they received for their lots. “At first, we didn’t know what we were doing,” Oscar explains. “We were just experimenting.” That experimentation led to some of the most exciting new flavor profiles we have ever tasted: Now, the Chacons produce a wide range of Honey process coffees, modulating the drying time in order to create different effects in the cup.

Honeys at Las Lajas are treated like precious cargo, which is the secret to why they taste so good: This SL-28 lot was harvested at peak ripeness (21–22° Brix), sorted for optimum quality, depulped immediately, and dried meticulously in the family’s greenhouse with constant attention to its temperature and moisture content.

Necessity bred more innovation for the family when an earthquake in 2008 wiped out electricity and water to their area during the harvest. Unable to run the depulpers or to wash the mucilage off to produce Washed lots, Francisca took inspiration from her knowledge of African coffee production and quickly built raised beds on the property. Their Natural lots caught the attention of Cafe Imports’ founder Andrew Miller, and the rest is both history and our-story.

These days, Las Lajas focuses on several variations of both Honey and Natural process:

    • Yellow Honey: Coffee is turned hourly on raised beds for a few days, then transferred to a greenhouse and turned regularly.
    • Red Honey: Coffee is turned several times a day and dried for longer in the greenhouse.
    • Black Honey: Coffee is turned once a day.
    • Perla Negra Natural: Coffee dries directly in the sun for 10 days, rotating constantly, and then is transferred to bags and left for 2–3 days before being moved to raised beds.
    • Alma Negra: Drying starts in the greenhouse for a few days. Then it is brought to the greenhouse and piled up at night and moved to the raised beds during the sunshine hours.
    • Black Diamond: What makes this process different from all the rest, is the drying process.  It is still a honey process, but the drying period takes between 15 to 22 days.  The process is very similar to their regular honey process: starts with the rigorous harvesting standards, depulping and it’s let to dry the superficial humidity for one day on raised beds.  Then the beans are moved from the raised beds to the drying patio. The drying process takes more attention than the rest of their honeys.  Since it’s a slow drying process, they need to constantly check on the temperature and movement of the beans so they don’t get heated.  What they’re aiming for with this process is a slow dehydration, slower than usual, not allowing temperature to rise abruptly, everything under control measures.  Oscar explained that the concept comes from the process of drying coffee seeds for nursery, slowly drying it without compromising the embryo; a passive drying process.  With this process, they don’t want to harm the beans with high temperatures rather than allow the sugars of the mucilage to cold crystalize.  They look to obtain a sweeter, more clear and bright coffees with the Diamond process.

More than just bags of amazing coffee – “ACES” lots are small, exclusive, incredible offerings that empower coffee growers, showcase triumphant experiments and meticulous production, and revolutionize the coffee experience.

*Microlot Coffee Offerings: Farmers are paid quality premiums for any microlot coffee, which reflects the extra planning, effort, labor, and attention to detail required to produce them, as well as rewarding the ultimate job well done.


 

All Offerings

Brazil “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.63 / 1 Lb $8.39 / 5 Lbs ($8.29/lb) $41.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.19/lb) $204.75

Brazil – Bella Vista Estate – May Blowout Special- while supplies last


1lb (10 lb Limit Please) $6.29 / 5lbs (10 lb Limit Please) $31.45

Brazil – Peaberry – Natural – Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.99 / 1 Lb $7.49 / 5 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $36.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.29/lb) $182.25

Brazil Serra Negra – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.39 / 1 Lb $7.09 / 5 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $34.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $172.25

Brazil Serra Negra – MWP Decaf – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Breakfast Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 lb $8.89 / 5 lbs ($8.79/lb) $43.95 / 25 lbs ($8.69/lb) $217.25

Burundi – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.69 / 1 Lb $7.09 / 5 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $34.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $172.25

Campfire Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 lb $8.99 / 5 lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Colombia Nariño – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.59 / 1 Lb $8.09 / 5 Lbs ($7.99/lb) $39.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $197.25

Colombia – Microlot – Land of Diversity Competiotion – Elpidio Arboleda Tabares – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $13.48 / 1 Lb $29.99 / 5 Lbs ($29.89/lb) $149.45

Colombia Cauca – “Women Coffee Producer Program” – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $9.49 / 5 Lbs ($9.39/lb) $46.95 / 25 Lbs ($9.29/lb) $232.25

Colombia Excelso – Gran Galope – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.29 / 1 Lb $7.89 / 5 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $38.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $192.25

Colombia Huila – EA Decaf – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Congo – SOPACDI – Women’s Coffee Project Micro-Station – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4lb) $4.99 / 1lb $9.59 / 5lbs ($9.49/lb) $47.45 / 25lbs ($9.39/lb) $234.75

Costa Rica – ACES – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabana Redonda – Lote Francisca – Perla Negra – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $10.99 / 1 Lb $24.99 / 5 Lbs ($24.89/lb) $124.45

Costa Rica – ACES – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabana Redonda – SL28 – Black Diamond – Honey – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $11.99 / 1 Lb $27.99 / 5 Lbs ($27.89/lb) $139.45

Costa Rica – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabana Redonda – Pacamara – Yellow Honey – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.99 / 1 Lb $12.99 / 5 Lbs $64.45 / 25 Lbs $319.75

Costa Rica – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabana Redonda – Yellow Diamond – Villalobos – Honey – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.99 / 1 Lb $12.99 / 5 Lbs ($12.89/lb) $64.45 / 25 Lbs ($12.79/lb) $319.75

Costa Rica – Las Lajas Micromill- Finca Las Lajas- Perla Negra – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.29 / 1 Lb $13.99 / 5 Lbs ($13.89/lb) $69.45 / 25 Lbs ($13.79/lb) $344.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Aguilera Brothers Micromill – Finca Licho – Gesha – Honey – Green Unroasted – Monthly Special – 20% Off


Sample (1/4 lb) (Sale $7.59) Reg. $9.49 / 1 Lb (Sale $18.39) Reg. $22.99 / 5 Lbs (Sale $91.56) Reg. $114.45 / 25 Lbs (Sale 455.80) Reg. $569.75

Costa Rica – Organic – Las Lajas Micromill – Honey – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.58 / 1 Lb $10.29 / 5 Lbs ($10.19/lb) $50.95 / 25 Lbs ($10.09/lb) $252.25

Costa Rica Cafe Vida – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.39 / 1 Lb $8.09 / 5 Lbs ($7.99/lb) $39.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $197.25

Costa Rica Cerro San Luis Micromill – La Alquimia – Villa Sarchi – White Honey – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.80 / 1 Lb $9.99 / 5 Lbs $49.45 / 25 Lbs $244.75

Costa Rica La Magnolia – SWP Decaf – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Decaf Bundle – Green Unroasted – 5% off regular price


3 Lbs (Reg. $35.96) $34.16

Ecuador – Maputo – Hakuna Matata – Caturra – Carbonic Maceration – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.60 / 1 Lb $14.29 / 5 Lbs ($14.19/lb) $70.95 / 25 Lbs ($14.09/lb) $352.25

El Salvador – Carlos Lemus – Finca La Victoria – Pacamara – Natural – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

El Salvador – Santa Ana – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.09 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Espresso – Dark Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 lb $7.99 / 5 lbs (7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 lbs (7.79/lb) $197.25

Espresso – Light Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 lb $7.99 / 5 lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Espresso – Medium Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 lb $7.99 / 5 lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 lbs (7.79/lb) $194.75

Ethiopian Guji – ACES – Sewda – Anaerobic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $10.59 / 1 Lb $24.39 / 5 Lbs ($24.29/lb) $121.45

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.29 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – Special Prep – Halo Beriti – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.89 / 5 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $43.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.69/lb) $217.25

Guatemala Huehuetenango – “Women Coffee Producer Program” – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.65 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Guatemala Huehuetenango – Finca Villaure – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.59 / 1 Lb $8.09 / 5 Lbs ($7.99/lb) $39.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $197.25

Guatemala Quetzal Huehuetenango – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.09 / 1 Lb $7.89 / 5 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $38.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $192.25

Guatemala Quetzaltenango – Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.29 / 1 Lb $8.09 / 5 Lbs ($7.99/lb) $39.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $197.25

Harvest Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.00 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Hawaiian Kona Prime – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $19.99 / 1 Lb $46.99 / 5 Lbs ($46.89/lb) $234.45

Honduras Marcala – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.39 / 1 Lb $7.79 / 5 lbs ($7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

India Monsooned Malabar AA – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.29 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

International Exotic Bundle – Green Unroasted – 5% off regular price


5 Lbs (Reg. $44.15) $41.94

Jamaica Blue Mountain – Fair Trade – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $19.99 / 1 Lb $46.99 / 5 Lbs ($46.89/lb) $234.45

Java – ACES – Riunggunung Estate – Anaerobic – Natural – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.79 / 1 Lb $14.49 / 5 Lbs ($14.39/lb) $71.95

Java – Riunggunung Estate – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Kenya AA – Uteuzi Jimbo – Nyeri – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.49 / 1 Lb $12.99 / 5 Lbs ($12.89/lb) $64.45 / 25 Lbs ($12.79/lb) $319.75

Kenya Peaberry Plus – Mt. Elgon – Kikai – FCS – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.25 / 1 Lb $9.39 / 5 Lbs ($9.29/lb) $46.45 / 25 Lbs ($9.19/lb) $229.75

Kona Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.99 / 1 Lb $13.29 / 5 Lbs ($13.19/lb) $65.95 / 25 Lbs ($13.09/lb) $327.25

La Minita Tarrazu de Costa Rica – RFA – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.99 / 1 Lb $10.49 / 5 Lbs ($10.39/lb) $51.95 / 25 Lbs ($10.29/lb) ) $257.25

Mexican Chiapas – Cristal – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.89 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Mexican Chiapas – Triunfo Verde Cooperative – El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve – “Women Coffee Producer Program” – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.77 / 1 Lb $8.69 / 5 Lbs ($8.59/lb) $42.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.49/lb) $212.25

Mocha Java Blend – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.50 / 1 Lb $14.19 / 5 Lbs ($14.09/lb) $70.45 / 25 Lbs ($13.99/lb) $349.75

Nicaragua Segovia – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.59 / 1 Lb $7.89 / 5 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $38.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $192.25

Panama Boquete SHB Floreal – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.59 / 1 Lb $8.29 / 5 Lbs ($8.19/lb) $40.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.09/lb) $202.25

Papua New Guinea – Kaumbaro – Goroka – PSC A/X – Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.29 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Papua New Guinea – Keto Tapasi – Chauve – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.59 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Peru “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.60 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Peru Norte – Lima Coffee – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.29 / 1 Lb $8.29 / 5 Lbs ($8.19/lb) $40.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.09/lb) $202.25

Rwanda – Abadatezuka COOP – Cyato – Gwiza – Women Coffee Producer Program – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.79 / 1 Lb $9.79 / 5 Lbs ($9.69/lb) $48.45 / 25 Lbs ($9.59/lb) $239.75

Rwanda – Lake Kivu – RFA – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.79 / 1 Lb $8.49 / 5 Lbs ($8.39/lb) $41.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.29/lb) $207.25

Sulawesi – Double Picked Kalossi – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.45 / 1 Lb $7.99 / 5 Lbs ($7.89/lb) $39.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $194.75

Sumatra – MWP DECAF – Koperasi Buana Mandiri – Fair Trade Organic – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.00 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Sumatra Aceh – Fair Trade Organic – GARMINDO – Peteri Bensu – Gayo – Women Coffee Producer Program – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.49 / 1 Lb $9.29 / 5 Lbs ($9.19/lb) $45.95 / 25 Lbs ($9.09/lb) $227.25

Sumatra Mandheling – Grade 1 – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.99 / 1 Lb $8.99 / 5 Lbs ($8.89/lb) $44.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.79/lb) $219.75

Tanzania Peaberry – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.54 / 1 Lb $7.89 / 5 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $38.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $192.25

Thailand – Phu Tub Berk – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.24 / 1 Lb $6.49 / 5 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $31.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.29/lb) $157.25

Women Owned Bundle – Green Unroasted – 5% off regular price


3 lbs (Reg. $27.67) $26.29

Yemen Haraaz Peaberry – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $9.49 / 1 Lb $19.29 / 5 lbs ($19.19/lb) $95.95

Yemen Haraaz Red – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $17.89 / 1 Lb $39.29 / 5 lbs ($39.19/lb) $195.95

Yemen Mocha Haraaz AA+ – Green Unroasted


Sample (1/4 lb) $7.99 / 1 Lb $17.99 / 5 lbs ($17.89/lb) $89.45 / 25 lbs ($17.79/lb) $444.75

 

Comments

  1. Kristin Peterson says:

    Las Lajas Micromill-Finca Sabana Redonda-Honey ACES was a lovely coffee. After roasting (medium roast) the aroma was wonderful, redolent of plums and raisins, and dark chocolate coated almonds. It makes a very smooth cup of coffee (done with a pour over) and tastes of cocoa with an undertone of dark bitter chocolate (not just the sweeter cocoa).
    I drank it first unadulterated, no cream. It was smooth and wonderful. I then added cream (not half and half) and sipped it like a dessert drink enjoying every sip.
    If I were giving stars, 5 being the best, 1 the worst, this one gets 5 stars.

  2. Greg says:

    Bought both high end Costa Rician $20 per lb beans and a regular $5 version all within the same flight. We roasted each set of beans 3 different ways and did blind tastings. We didn’t find the higher price coffees were any better than the $5 version. Our opinion.

  3. Ken Monte says:

    enjoy this bean alot. I roasted it city. Basically at 1st crack. I’m liking the Costa Rican ” stuff” among many others. I’m up to maybe 75 lbs of green beans( alot from Marty and Jane) . I’m a huge believer of loyalty to vendors with great service, taking pride in their business with passion. I get that feeling from Marty,haven’t spoken to Jane yet but I’m hoping to. That said I do also use other suppliers,just saying but always check here first.

    • U-Roast-Em Admin says:

      Ken,

      I agree – those Costa Rican Honeys are so tasty. How do you roast them? As I’ve aged, I’m roasting lighter in general – usually pulling right after first crack. But these honeys (and some of the anaerobic fermented beans we are now experimenting with) are a bit too tart for my palette at light roasts. Full of flavor, but the too bright acidity takes over and drowns out the more subtle tones.

      So my favorite roast for these beans is a Full City (Medium Dark). We keep the heat high until all of the green is gone and the beans are cinnamon. We lower the heat a bit and slow everything down through the develop phase. I think this really highlights the natural sweetness. Then once first crack begins we raise the heat again and even dial back the airflow a bit through the beginning of 2nd crack when we pull and quickly cool them.

      We also like them best if they are allowed to De-gas for at least 2 days. Mellow and flavorful cup.

      Keep the posts coming Ken. Your strong and honest voice is much appreciated on our forum!

      Marty

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