Costa Rica - Perla Negra 200g
NATURAL CATURRA + CATUAI
The Chacón Solano Family has been growing coffee at Las Lajas for over 80 years and for three generations. The current generation, headed by Oscar and Francisca Chacón, began farming organically around 30 years ago and in 2000 became one of only a handful of farms in Costa Rica to be officially certified organic. The family strives not only to farm in an environmentally and socially responsible way, but also to produce coffee of the highest quality. They are innovative with regards to processing and were one of the early innovators in Costa Rica with regards to perfecting different honey and natural methods of processing.
Las Lajas is located at 1,300 to 1,500m in the foothills of the Poás volcano, in prime specialty coffee country in the Sabanilla de Alajuela region of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. This lush, fertile area is characterised by heavy and regular rainfall of around 3,000mm for 150 days of the year.
The farm produces 100% Arabica coffee, primarily Caturra and Catuaí varietals, which is grown in the shade of native trees. The farm also has small plots of Villa Sarchi, Red Bourbon, Kenya, and Obata, which for the most part contribute towards microlots. Organic composts are produced on site using vermiculture (worm composting), and the production process is entirely free of chemicals and agro-toxins.
Natural processing at Las Lajas came about somewhat by accident. In February of 2008, an earthquake hit the region, and the farm remained without water and electricity throughout several crucial weeks during the harvest. In order to not salvage a large part of that year’s production, the family decided their only option was to continue picking the coffee and to process the cherries the only way they knew that wouldn’t necessitate additional energy inputs. Thus, the very first natural coffees of Costa Rica were born.
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HOW WE'RE BREWING IT
Kalita. 12g on a medium fine grind with 200ml water in about 2.5 minutes.
Currently we roast every Tuesday and carry out our quality control, analysis and packaging on Wednesday. We ship everything from Wednesday-Friday and orders placed after 12 noon on Friday will be fulfilled the following week. All our coffees are shipped as whole beans.