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Costa Rica – Organic – Las Lajas Micromill – Finca La Julia – Yellow Honey

In Stock: 2 Lbs
Costa Rica
Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Finca La Julia
Villa Sarchi, Caturra
1450 masl
Honey
Mellow, sweet and savory with lemon and toffee flavors.
84
Medium/Dark (Full City Roast)

Taste: We are happy to be able to offer another wonderful organic Costa Rican. This bean produces a myriad of fruity flavors, balanced acidity, and creamy smooth finish.

Roast: Take care to prolong the development stage from first crack to your desired roast by lowering the heat a bit and/or increasing air flow.  You will be rewarded with natural sweetness at all roast levels through medium/dark (Full City).  We do not recommend a dark roast – you don’t want to cook out and mask all of this premium bean’s flavors.

About: 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 coffees in Costa Rica. The micromill is also one of the only certified-organic mills in the area, and the Chacons take their environmental impact very seriously.

As average temperatures rise and the weather patterns change, the Chacons are considering adding more shade trees to their farm to moderate the heat, and to add irrigation systems to combat the inconsistent rainy seasons Costa Rica has had the past few years. To mitigate their water usage, Oscar uses a Penagos demucilaginator to depulp his coffee, and since the coffees are all natural or honey process, very little water is used at the mill.

Harvesting and processing are overseen with great care by both Oscar and Francisca: During the harvest, Francisca will measure the Brix of the cherry to determine the optimal ripeness, and picking will begin when the Brix reads about 22°. Harvesting by Brix reading is also helpful as newer varieties sometimes ripen to different colors: Using the refractometer helps keep the harvest at uniform ripeness, which is key when producing high-quality naturals and honeys.

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. 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.

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. The Chacons determine which process to use based on the weather on the day the coffee is harvested.

  • Yellow Honey: Coffee is turned hourly on raised beds.
  • Red Honey: Coffee is turned several times a day on the beds, but not as frequently as for yellow honey.
  • Black Honey: The coffee is only turned once per day.

The Chacons also do three Natural processes.

  • Perla Negra: Dries directly in the sun for 10 days, rotating constantly, then transferred to bags and left for 2–3 days before being finished on the raised beds.
  • Alma Negra: Drying starts on the patio, then the coffee is piled overnight and spread out in the sun during the day.
  • Diamante Negro: This new process is dried completely in piles in the greenhouse.

*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.


 

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Comments

  1. Kristin Peterson says:

    This coffee bean is interesting. TWhen I opened the bag of roasted beans there was a lovely bouquet of leather /tobacco and chocolate. Upon brewing, (burr grinder and pass through brewer not French Press) it still retained the slight bouquet of tobacco/leather with undertones that were floral.
    I liked the brewed product but didn’t love it. Now that I am back to La Minita that is still my preferred cup of coffee but this would provide a lovely change once in a while.

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