ORIGIN : Las Lajas, Central Valley, Costa Rica
FARMER : Francisca & Oscar Chacon
PROCESSING : Red Honey
ROAST : Light
TASTING NOTES : Mixed Berries, Cola, Floral, Key Lime, Cane Sugar
Honey processing is when farmers remove the cherry peel but leave some flesh inside. The “mucilage” remains while the beans are dried. Red honey process refers to a specific stage of the honey processing, in which the beans become sweet and syrupy (the sort of middle ground between 'white honey' and 'black honey').
The Las Lajas Micromill in the Sabanilla de Alejuela region of Costa Rica shares many of the same founding principles and values as we do at Bard. A project that was originally founded in 1840, Francisca and Oscar Chacon inherited a 5 hectare farm and in the past 20 years have transformed it into what it is today. In 2000, with coffee prices falling dramatically, they sought out organic farming as the answer to a sustainable future. This was not an easy feat to accomplish, but it certainly paid off. In 2006, they began milling their own coffee and started a microlot program. By doing their own processing, they were able to better control the quality of their coffee. This is also where they were eventually able to experiment and bring out new and interesting flavors in their coffee.
We roast on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and to ensure the best tasting coffees, orders received after Monday may not be processed or shipped until the following week.