Las Lajas - Costa Rica - Red Honey

A sweet, vibrant cup, honey processed by this legendary organic farm.



This year we are featuring two honey style processes from Las Lajas! This Red Honey is rotated more often leading to a sweet focused cup. We taste candy floss, blackberries, and red grape.

The owners of Las Lajas, Oscar and Francisca Chacón, are third-generation coffee producers. After losing their father due to a pesticide-caused illness, the two made the conscious decision to start growing the coffee organically. To this day, Las Lajas remains one of the only certified organic farms in Costa Rica. The couple is seriously committed to quality and innovation, and are also among the very first farmers in Costa Rica to produce Honey and Natural process specialty coffee. The Chacons produce a wide range of Honey process coffees, modulating the drying time in order to create different effects in the cup.

Info

Farm

Brothers Oscar and Francisca Chacón are pioneers in the honey process method.

Region

The coffee is grown in Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley.

Sustainability

First and only farm in Costa Rica to be Organically Certified.

Elevation

1450 - 1600m these altitudes are perfect from honey processing.

Variety

High resistance Catimur & Caturra varieties are present here.

Process

Coffee is washed and then dried with the mucilage on. Rotated several times a day.

The Honey Process


 

"At first, we didn't know what we were doing," Oscar explains. "We were just experimenting."


 

In 2005, after years of delivering their cherry to a cooperative for the going market price, the Chacóns 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 flavour 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.

Growing Organic Coffees


 

After losing their father due to a pesticide-caused illness...


 

Las Lajas is an organic micromill located in Sabanilla de Alajuela in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. The owners of Las Lajas, Oscar and Francisca Chacón, are third-generation coffee producers. After losing their father due to a pesticide-caused illness, the two made the conscious decision to start growing the coffee organically. Organic coffee in Costa Rica is almost nonexistent, and with this caliber of cup makes it one of a kind. This decision to grow organically was difficult at the time because there were no premiums paid for organics back then. The two risked their financial stability, but they believed in the preservation of the environment and their community’s health. As pioneers, the Chacón family saw the value in building a healthier farm. Today, many farmers and cooperatives benefit from the risk Oscar and Francisca and other farmers took many years ago.

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