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Costa Rica - Las Lajas Black Honey



After a long fermentation, the longest of all the honeys processed at Las Lajas, these beans undergo two drying stages:

They are first dried on African style raised beds for the first half of the drying process, and then are moved to the patios for drying.

Notes: Red Apple, Blackberry, Rhubarb

Mill Name: Las Lajas

Closest Town: San Rafael

Region: Cartago Province

Altitude (MASL): 1500

Harvest Season: January-March

Process: Black Honey, African style raised beds/patio drying

Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi

Picking: Manual

Dona Francisca and her husband Oscar Chacon of Las Lajas are 3rd generation coffee producers. They own and manage their micro mill, Las Lajas, and specialty coffee farms in different regions of the foothills of the Poas volcano in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
Oscar Chacon’s grandparents started what is now Las Lajas in 1948. Over time, Oscar and Francisca inherited the farms and therefore became coffee producers. In 2000, they started processing coffee themselves at the Las Lajas mill, largely focusing on yellow, red and black honey processed coffee.

However, on February 8, 2008, the Cinchona earthquake struck and significantly impacted the area. After a week without drinking water or electricity, they realized they needed to figure out how to process their harvest since they were unable to produce washed or honey coffee. Eventually, they decided to process the coffee naturally, resulting in their now famous Perla Negra coffee, coffee that has opened the doors to many markets for Las Lajas. The Perla Negra natural process is defined by selective harvesting of only the ripest cherries. These cherries are washed and moved to patios for drying, and are moved intermittently throughout the morning, then capped and covered in the afternoon and evenings. Cherries dry for between 22 and 27 days.

The Chacon family is committed to producing the best high-quality specialty coffee while focusing on environmentally friendly practices. During the harvest of their coffees, they measure the brix content in the coffee cherries to determine the best time to pick their coffees to obtain the utmost sweet and fruit forward profile. Additionally, water use at Las Lajas is minimal, since their coffees do not undergo the washed process. Oscar and Francisca are focused on sharing their knowledge and passion for specialty coffee with their four children, as they will eventually take the reins of the family business.

We roast for our online orders every Thursday and ship on the following Friday. Any orders placed after Wednesday will be roasted and shipped out the following week.

Something we like to offer is free shipping on all orders. Because of this, it is in our best interest to ship with the most cost effective method, typically USPS, which can take anywhere from 2-7 business days depending on your proximity to our warehouse in Detroit. If you are looking for expedited shipping, you can select when you check out.

Due to the perishable nature of coffee, we are unable to offer returns on any coffee purchased. However, if there is an issue with a coffee order you have received, we want to make it right. Please reach out to with any coffee quality questions or concerns so that we can work with you to resolve.


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