Strawberries and cream, red grape, peach, lime and caramel in a full, silky body.
Region: Alajuela, Central Valley
Altitude: 1450 masl
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi
Process: Red Honey
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 and Natural coffees in Costa Rica in the 2000s.
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 Brazil and Ethiopia they use pulped-natural and honey techniques to process coffees, so he tried it with his harvest that year. Around the same time, Cafe Imports founder and president Andrew Miller visited the area and was so impressed by the flavour of the Chacon’s coffee he became one of the first buyers of the new process.
The micromill is also one of the only certified-organic mills in the area, and the Chacons take their environmental impact very seriously. To mitigate their water usage, Oscar uses a Penagos demucilaging machine to pulp his coffee, which has cut their water consumption down to almost nothing.