12 oz. Bag — $26
This exceptional coffee from renowned producers Francisca and Oscar Chacón is simply bursting with fruit. Look for notes of mango, lime, and plum sweetness with a lovely green apple acidity.
This coffee comes to us from the slopes of the Poas Volcano in Alajuela, Central Valley, Costa Rica. The Central Valley region is a high elevation plateau with the Central Mountain Range to the north and the Talamanca Range to the south. The country’s more than 60 volcanoes create fertile, mineral rich soil that is the perfect base for growing high quality coffee.
Las Lajas is a coffee farm and organic micro-mill owned and operated by 3rd generation coffee producers Francisca and Oscar Chacón. The mill is known for its clean facilities and unique innovative processes. Considered pioneers of honey and natural coffees in Central America, the Chacóns consistently produce exceptional coffees. They are also leaders in organic growing and sustainable practices in the region.
Both Francisca and Oscar believe in preservation of the environment and protecting the beautiful natural wildlife of Costa Rica. They helped start the movement from high water usage washed processes towards lower impact honey and natural coffees. Inspired by the 2008 earthquake that cut off the mill's access to water, the Chacóns started experimenting with new processing methods. Their enterprise resulted in coffees with striking flavors that continue to excite and delight the coffee world. Today, water use at Las Lajas is minimal and Francisca and Oscar continue to innovate new ways to lower their environmental impact.
Coffee is picked by hand and taken immediately to be sorted at the Las Lajas micro-mill. For the Alma Negra natural process, the skin and musilage (pulp) is left on the cherries. They are spread out on patios to slow dry in the sun and then piled into heaps to rest overnight. This process takes between 22 and 27 days to complete.
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