Filter Single Origin - Las Lajas Cumbres de Poas, Costa Rica
VARIETAL: Caturra & Catuai
ALTITUDE: 1550 masl
Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacon of Las Lajas mill are third-generation coffee producers in their family. They inherited their farms from their grandparents and are known for being among the first to process high-quality Honeys and Naturals in Central America.
Las Lajas was instrumental in the progression of the Costa Rican specialty and microlot movement. Back in 2008, after losing access to water after an earthquake, Oscar produced the first honey and natural coffees in Costa Rica in an attempt not to lose the harvest.
Despite this concern, the coffees turned out to be some of the best that the farm had produced. Word spread throughout Costa Rica, and today they are known for producing some of the world’s best honey and natural processed coffees. Since then, Las Lajas has been at the forefront of experimental drying techniques using temperature curves much the same way a profile roast would look. Some different techniques include heaping to slow down drying time (after fermentation has finished), resting for a week in the middle of drying and alternate intermittent moving of the coffee.