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Costa Rica – ACES – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabana Redonda – SL28 – Honey – Archived

In Stock: 1.25 Lbs
Costa Rica
Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Sabana Redonda
SL-28
1450 - 1600 masl
Honey
89
Complex cooked fruit and sugary flavors with caramel, tart cherry, raisin, plum, lemon and orange; rich, juicy sweetness with tangy acidity and a smooth mouthfeel.
Medium (City Roast) to Medium/Dark (Full 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.

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

“Father Knows Best” – Green – Monthly Special – 20% Off


1 Lb - Sale $6.39/lb - Reg. $7.99

Brazil “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


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 – Peaberry – Natural – Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.84 / 1 Lb $6.29 / 5 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $30.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $152.25

Brazil Serra Negra – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.84 / 1 Lb $6.29 / 5 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $30.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $152.25

Brazil Serra Negra – MWP Decaf – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.14 / 1 Lb $6.39 / 5 Lbs ($6.29/lb) $31.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $154.75

Breakfast Blend – Green


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

Campfire Blend – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 lb $7.39 / 5 lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 lbs ($7.19/lb) $179.75

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


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

Colombia – Microlot – Land of Diversity Competiotion – Yolanda Marlene Garzon Lopez – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $10.68 / 1 Lb $24.99 / 5 Lbs ($24.89/lb) $124.45

Colombia Supremo – Antioquia – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.30 / 1 Lb $6.79 / 5 Lbs ($6.69/lb) $33.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.59/lb) $164.75

Colombian Cauca – “Women Coffee Producer Program” – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Colombian Excelso “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.63 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Colombian Excelso – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.20 / 1 Lb $6.59 / 5 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $32.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $159.75

Colombian Huila – EA Decaf – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.25 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Congo – SOPACDI – Women’s Coffee Project Micro-Station – Fair Trade Organic – out of stock except in women-owned bundle


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.74 / 1 Lb $8.59 / 5 Lbs ($8.49/lb) $42.45 / 25 Lbs ($8.39/lb) $209.75

Costa Rica – La Candelilla Micromill – Finca La Palmilera – Gesha – Natural – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $7.75 / 1 Lb $18.99 / 5 Lbs ($18.89/lb) $94.45 / 25 Lbs ($18.79/lb) $469.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Jhonnathan Camacho – Finca Llano Bonito – Yellow Honey – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.98 / 1 Lb $10.99 / 5 Lbs ($10.89/lb) $54.45 / 25 Lbs ($10.79/lb) $269.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – La Candelilla Micromill – Finca La Catarata – Typica – Honey – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.98 / 1 Lb $10.99 / 5 Lbs $54.45 / 25 Lbs $269.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Calle Liles – Yellow Diamond – Honey – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $6.69 / 1 Lb $16.99 / 5 Lbs ($16.89/lb) $84.45 / 25 Lbs ($16.79/lb) $419.75

Costa Rica – Microlot – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca Sabanilla – Black Honey – Green


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 Cafe Vida – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Costa Rica La Magnolia – SWP Decaf – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.96 / 1 Lb $7.59 / 5 Lbs ($7.49/lb) $37.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $184.75

Decaf Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


3 Lbs (Reg. $21.67) $20.59

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


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 – Santa Emilia Estate – RFA – “Cup of Excellence” – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Espresso – Dark Blend – Green


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


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 lb $7.39 / 5 lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 lbs ($7.19/lb) $179.75

Espresso – Medium Blend – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 lb $7.39 / 5 lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 lbs (7.19/lb) $179.75

Ethiopia Limu – Organic – Tega and Tula Farm – RFA – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $7.79 / 5 ($7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.83 / 1 Lb $8.69 / 5 Lbs ($8.59/lb) $42.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.49/lb) $212.25

Guatemala Atitlan – Nahuala Cooperative – “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.65 / 1 Lb $7.39 / 5 Lbs ($7.29/lb) $36.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $179.75

Guatemala Atitlan – Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.47 / 1 Lb $7.29 / 5 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $35.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $177.25

Guatemala Huehuetenango – Finca Villaure – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.72 / 1 Lb $7.29 / 5 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $35.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $177.25

Guatemala Quetzal Huehuetenango – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.35 / 1 Lb $6.69 / 5 Lbs ($6.59/lb) $32.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $162.25

Harvest Blend – Green


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

Hawaiian Kona Prime – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $17.55 / 1 Lb $36.99 / 5 Lbs ($36.89/lb) $184.45 / 25 Lbs ($36.79/lb) $919.75

Honduras Marcala – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.30 / 1 Lb $6.79 / 5 lbs ($6.69/lb) $33.45 / 25 lbs ($6.59/lb) $164.75

India – Lalithadri Estate – RFA – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.27 / 1 Lb $6.19 / 5 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $30.45 / 25 Lbs ($5.99/lb) $149.75

International Exotic Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


5 Lbs (Reg. $34.05) $32.35

Jamaica Blue Mountain – Fair Trade – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $15.48 / 1 Lb $31.99 / 5 Lbs ($31.89/lb) $159.45 / 25 Lbs ($31.79/lb) $794.75

Java Estate – Blue Batavia – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.62 / 1 Lb $8.29 / 5 Lb ($8.19/lb) $40.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.09/lb) $202.25

Kenya AA Microlot – Babu Tembo – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1Lb $7.79 / 5 Lbs ( $7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

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


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


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.25 / 1 Lb $9.29 / 5 Lbs ($9.19/lb) $45.95 / 25 Lbs ($9.09/lb) $227.25

La Minita Tarrazu de Costa Rica – RFA – Green


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

Mexican Chiapas – Cristal – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.80 / 1 Lb $5.99 / 5 Lbs ($5.89/lb) $29.45 / 25 Lbs ($5.79/lb) $144.75

Mexican Chiapas – Sierra Azul – “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Mocha Java Blend – Green


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, EP, SHG – Green – June Blowout Special


1 Lb (Limit 10 lbs please) $4.99 / 5 Lbs (Limit 10 lbs please) $24.95

Organic Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


4 Lbs (Reg. $28.76) $27.32

Panama Boquete SHB Floreal – Green


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

Papua New Guinea – Kainantu – Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.89 / 5 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $33.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.69/lb) $167.25

Peru “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.60 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Sulawesi – Double Picked Kalossi – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.96 / 1 Lb $7.49 / 5 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $36.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.29/lb) $182.25

Sumatra – KVW Decaf – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.99 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Sumatra – Mutu Batak – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.68 / 1 Lb $7.79 / 5 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $38.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $189.75

Sumatra Aceh – Harimau Tiger – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.62 / 1 Lb $7.59 / 5 Lbs ($7.49/lb) $37.45 / 25 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $184.75

Sumatra Ipak Bensu “Women Coffee Producer Program” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.79 / 1 Lb $7.49 / 5 Lbs ($7.39/lb) $36.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.29/lb) $182.25

Tanzania Peaberry – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.98 / 1 Lb $6.29 / 5 Lbs ($6.19/lb) $30.95 / 25 Lbs ($6.09/lb) $152.25

Thailand – Phu Tub Berk – Green


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

Uganda Gorilla Summit Coffee – Bwindi – SL28 – Natural – Microlot – Green


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

Women Owned Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


3 lbs (Reg. 23.07) $21.92

Yemen Haraaz Peaberry – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $6.38 / 1 Lb $16.99 / 5 lbs ($16.89/lb) $84.45 / 25 lbs ($16.79/lb) $419.75

Yemen Haraaz Red – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $13.48 / 1 Lb $29.99 / 5 lbs ($29.89/lb) $149.45 / 25 Lbs ($29.79/lb) $744.75

Yemen Mocha Haraaz AA+ – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.76 / 1 Lb $14.99 / 5 lbs ($14.89/lb) $74.45 / 25 lbs ($14.79/lb) $369.75

 

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.

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