Costa Rica Calle San Juan Farm - Black Honey Process

Costa Rica Calle San Juan Farm - Black Honey Process

Regular price $19.00 Sale

Origin: Costa Rica

Region: 
Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley

Farm: 
Calle San Juan Farm

Varieties: 
Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi

Altitude: 
1450–1600 meters above sea level

Process: 
Honey Processed
 
Our newest Costa Rican offering comes to us from the Las Lajas MIcro Mill, owned by Oscar and Francisca Chacon and located in the Central Valley growing region. The story of the mill is a testament to the sharing of knowledge and willingness to take necessary risks. In 2008 an earthquake prevented the mill from having access to water for several weeks. They had heard about the pulped naturals and natural processed coffees coming out of Ethiopia and Brazil. Without access to water during the harvest they decided to take a chance and experiment with these methods. At around the same time the founder of our importing partner, Cafe Imports, visited the area and was impressed by the quality of the coffee and became one of the first to purchase this new-to-Costa Rica-process. Their decision to take that risk has since changed the landscape of specialty coffee in the country, encouraging more of the surrounding farmers and mills to embrace new and innovative processing techniques. Many of the guiding principles of the Las Lajas Mill are rooted in concerns for environmental impact, mitigating water usage by processing, and planting shade trees to help against excessive heat from climate change. 

This particular coffee comes from the Calle San Juan Farm and has been "black honey" processed. This process involves taking the skin off of the coffee cherries and allowing them to dry in the sun, only rotating them once per day.  This extra contact time between the fermenting fruit and the seed yields some fun, wild and intense flavors.  In this lot, we note cranberry, apple cider, and sweet almond.  It has a very silky body, and dense sugars that linger for days!  There is so much depth and complexity in this coffee.  It is absolutely phenomenal!  

All coffees are available in whole bean only. 

We roast and ship on Mondays and Thursdays.  Orders placed Thursday through Sunday at midnight will roast and ship on Monday.  Orders placed Monday through Wednesday at midnight will roast and ship on Thursday.