RARE. EXCLUSIVE. LIMITED.      Las Lajas Micromill - Perla Negra - Costa Rica

Posted by Karl Purdy on Aug 20, 2016

Years of tireless and innovative work by Costa Rica’s Chacón Family have resulted in this incredible, naturally-processed coffee that is so fruity and sweet, we would be unsurprised if you thought is was a tropical punch. Full bodied, syrupy and intensely sweet, with distinctive flavours of tropical fruits, blueberries and hops, this exciting and rare lot exemplifies the Chacón’s total commitment to the producing the highest quality coffees in an eco-friendly, sustainable and 100% organic way. Farm: Calle Liles Wet Mill: Las Lajas Region: Sabanilla de Alajuela Altitude: 1450masl Varietals: Caturra, Catuai Harvest: Nov 2015 - Mar 2016 Farmers: Francisca & Oscar Chacón
Background
Las Lajas micromill’s owners, Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacón, are third-generation coffee producers. They inherited their farms from their grandparents, and are known for being among the first to process high-quality Honeys and Naturals in Central America, and have been active participants in Costa Rica’s Cup of Excellence competition since 2009. Las Lajas is their organic micromill located in Sabanilla de Alajuela in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. Organic coffee in Costa Rica is almost nonexistent - due to challenges such as decreased yields, increased production costs and battles with insects and disease. However, the Chacón’s have repeatedly proven that their dedication to the preservation of the environment and processing innovation can produce coffee of the highest caliber; making their operation truly one of a kind. Las Lajas was the first coffee estate in Costa Rica to be certified organic in 2000.
Since then, Francisca who has taken charge of processing the organic Caturra and Catuai coffees, through her own curiosity, passion and entrepreneurship has developed what can truly be described as unique hand-crafted, artisan coffees. Process Perla Negra or ‘Black Pearl’ is the term used to describe the Chacón’s now-world-famous natural processing method; coffees that are dried in their fruit. The attention required in processing in this way is the most complex of Francisca’s profiles. The hand-picked cherries are first carefully sun dried on raised African beds then - uniquely - further dried under a black shroud to create warmth that serves as a catalyst to develop even more natural sugars and sweetness. The coffee cherries then turn black giving them the Perla Negra moniker.
Tasting
This rare and wonderful coffee is sweet and syrupy with the bouquet of ripe fruit flavours. Las Lajas will be available to purchase online or in any of our shops in Dublin from 25/08/16 - while stocks last. Aroma: Dried Apricots Body: Medium, syrupy Acidity: Balanced Taste: Tropical fruits, blueberries and hops