Costa Rica - Las Lajas Micro Mill, Yellow Honey
A bright cup with notes of citrus fruits, tart berry, and red apple
|Fragrance/Aroma:||Floral, citrus, fruity, sweet, lavender, milk chocolate, perfumey|
|Acidity:||Citric, grapefruit, lemon-lime, sparkling|
|Flavor/Nuances:||Yuzu, orange, meyer lemon, peach cobbler, bubble gum, cherry cordial, rooibos tea, tart berry, cocoa|
|Sweetness:||Honey, apple, vibrant|
|Body/Mouthfeel:||Juicy, coating, round|
|Finish/Aftertaste:||Lingering, tannin, pinot noir|
$5.60 / lb
|Region:||Sabanilla de Alajuela|
|Mill:||Las Lajas Micro Mill|
|Process Method:||Yellow Honey|
About this coffee
How we are using this coffee:
We are really enjoying this coffee as a light roasted single origin offering. To get there, we elongate the mid phase of the roast and have a shorter development time for a lower end temperature. In doing this we are highlighting the citrus fruit and lovely floral notes this coffee has to offer and gently approaching first crack.
Taking this coffee closer to medium opens up a lot more chocolate, tones down the floral notes, and adds some booziness in the cup.
Origin and/or producer information:
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.
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.
Las Lajas owns and the following farms for cultivating their coffees: Alajuela, Calle Liles, Calle San Juan, Los Angeles, Los Pinitos, Sabana Redonda, Sabanilla, San Luis.
Roast profile recorded on an MCR-2 Digital
|4:52||Green > Yellow|
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