Oscar & Francisca Chacón - Las Lajas Micromill - Honey
Melon, juicy kiwi, toffee and green tea.
Category - Motive Series
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Roast - Filter
Origin - Costa Rica
Region - Naranjo
Farm - Los Pintos
Mill - Las Lajas Micromill
Varietal - SL28
Process - Honey (extended drying)
Oscar and Francisca Chacón are third-generation coffee producers, but the coffee is more than just in their family heritage: It's in their hearts and souls as well. The couple is committed to quality and innovation.
In 2005, after years of delivering their cherry to a cooperative for the going market price, they 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 truly amazing flavour profiles: Now, the Chacón's produce a wide range of Honey and natural processed coffees, modulating the drying time in order to create different effects in the cup.
Necessity bred more innovation for the family when an earthquake in 2008 wiped out electricity and water to their area during the harvest. Unable to run the depulpers or to wash the mucilage off to produce Washed lots, Francisca took inspiration from her knowledge of African coffee production and quickly built raised beds on the property.
This lot is a honey processed SL28 that has been depulped and dried on raised beds for one day before being moved to a drying patio where the temperature is monitored constantly. The coffee dries here slowly over 18- 20 days, much slower than their other coffees. Their goal is to bring out a brighter, sweeter flavour in the coffee and they definitely did. This coffee is fantastic.
We are loving this coffee as an exciting, juicy filter option.