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

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Costa Rica
Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Finca La Julia
Caturra, Villa Sarchi
1450 masl
Honey
Mellow, sweet and savory with lemon and toffee.
84
Medium (City Roast) to 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.


 

All Offerings

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) $1.99 / 1 Lb $6.59 / 5 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $32.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $159.75

Brazil Serra Negra – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $1.99 / 1 Lb $6.59 / 5 Lbs ($6.49/lb) $32.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.39/lb) $159.75

Brazil Serra Negra – SWP Decaf – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.14 / 1 Lb $7.29 / 5 Lbs ($7.19/lb) $35.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $177.25

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

Burundi – Green


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


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

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 Excelso “Cafe Femenino” – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.49 / 1 Lb $7.89 / 5 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $38.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $192.25

Colombia Excelso – Gran Galope – Green


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

Colombia 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

Colombia Supremo – Antioquia – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.29 / 1 Lb $7.69 / 5 Lbs ($7.59/lb) $37.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.49/lb) $187.25

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


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


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

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


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.80 / 1 Lb $9.99 / 5 Lbs ($9.89/lb) $49.45 / 25 Lbs ($9.79/lb) $244.75

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

Costa Rica Las Lajas Micromill- Finca Sabana Redonda – Perla Negra – Green


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

Decaf Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


4 Lbs (Reg. $29.26) $27.80

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 – Carlos Lemus – Finca La Victoria – Pacamara – Natural – Green


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

Espresso – Medium 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

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – Fair Trade Organic – Green


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

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe – Green


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 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 Huehuetenango – Finca Villaure – Green – Coming Soon!


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 Huehuetenango – Waykan – Green – October Blowout Special – SOLD OUT!


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

Guatemala Quetzal Huehuetenango – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.59 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Guatemala Quetzaltenango – Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.39 / 1 Lb $7.89 / 5 Lbs ($7.79/lb) $38.95 / 25 Lbs ($7.69/lb) $192.25

Harvest Blend – 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

Hawaiian Kona Prime – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $18.99 / 1 Lb $42.99 / 5 Lbs ($42.89/lb) $214.45

Honduras Marcala – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.19 / 1 Lb $7.59 / 5 lbs ($7.49/lb) $37.45 / 25 lbs ($7.39/lb) $184.75

International Exotic Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


5 Lbs (Reg. $44.15) $41.94

Jamaica Blue Mountain – Fair Trade – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $15.99 / 1 Lb $32.99 / 5 Lbs ($32.89/lb) $164.45

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 Plus – Green


1 Lb $10.79 / 5 Lbs ($10.69/lb) $53.45 / 25 Lbs ($10.59/lb) $264.75 / Sample (1/4 lb) $3.79

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) $4.59 / 1 Lb $11.99 / 5 Lbs ($11.89/lb) $59.45 / 25 Lbs ($11.79/lb) $294.75

La Minita Tarrazu de Costa Rica – RFA – Green – Coming Soon!


Sample (1/4 lb) $4.29 / 1 Lb $9.99 / 5 Lbs ($9.89/lb) $49.45 / 25 Lbs ($9.79/lb) $244.75

Mexican Chiapas – Jade – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.79 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

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

Mexican Chiapas – Triunfo Verde – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.79 / 1 Lb $7.19 / 5 Lbs ($7.09/lb) $35.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.99/lb) $174.75

Mexico – ACES – Marco Cadena – Finca La Estancia – Guerrero – Anaerobic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $6.39 / 1 Lb $16.29 / 5 Lbs ($16.19/lb) $80.95

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 – Fair Trade Organic – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $2.59 / 1 Lb $6.99 / 5 Lbs ($6.89/lb) $34.45 / 25 Lbs ($6.79/lb) $169.75

Organic Bundle – Green – 5% off regular price


5 Lbs (Reg. $37.95) $36.05

Panama Boquete SHB Floreal – Green – Monthly Special – 20% Off


Sample (1/4 lb) (Sale $2.87) Reg. $3.59 / 1 Lb (Sale $6.63/lb) Reg. $8.29 / 5 Lbs (Sale $6.55/lb - $32.76) Reg. $40.95 / 25 Lbs (Sale $6.47/lb - $161.80) Reg. $202.25

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


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

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

Rwanda – Lake Kivu – RFA – Green


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


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 – 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 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

Sumatra Mandheling – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.69 / 1 Lb $8.29 / 5 Lbs ($8.19/lb) $40.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.09/lb) $202.25

Tanzania Peaberry – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $3.74 / 1 Lb $8.49 / 5 Lbs ($8.39/lb) $41.95 / 25 Lbs ($8.29/lb) $207.25

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


5 lbs (Reg. $38.15) $36.24

Yemen Haraaz Peaberry – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $6.99 / 1 Lb $18.99 / 5 lbs ($18.89/lb) $94.45 / 25 lbs ($18.79/lb) $469.75

Yemen Haraaz Red – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $14.48 / 1 Lb $33.99 / 5 lbs ($33.89/lb) $169.45

Yemen Mocha Haraaz AA+ – Green


Sample (1/4 lb) $5.76 / 1 Lb $16.79 / 5 lbs ($16.69/lb) $83.45 / 25 lbs ($16.59/lb) $414.75

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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