Costa Rica Las Lajas ‘Alma Negra’ Filter

Jammy with caramelised pineapple and ripe rockmelon. A balanced apple acidity and lingering brown sugar finish.


per 250g

  • Info

    Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacon are third-generation coffee producers and operate the Las Lajas organic wet mill alongside small farms inherited from their grandparents. They’re well-known for their exceptional and sustainable processing practice, carrying several distinct processes, including Yellow Honey, Red Honey, Black Honey, Perla Negra and Alma Negra. The Alma Negra process is defined by selective harvesting of only the ripest cherries which are dried on patios for up to 27 days with minimal turning.

    The Las Lajas wet mill can trace its roots back to 1840 and has since been passed down from generation to generation. When he was just 18 years old, Oscar Chacon inherited 5 hectares after his father passed away. As he was the oldest brother, his mother decided it was time for him to work on the farm and maintain the legacy left by his parents.

    Ten years ago, an earthquake struck Costa Rica, leaving Francisca and Oscar Chacon with no access to water or electricity. Pickers couldn’t afford to be out of work and so, influenced by what was happening in Africa and Brazil, they decided to process the coffee naturally. Today, Las Lajas is credited for producing some of Costa Rica’s first natural processed coffee.

  • Technical Details
    • Producer: Francisca & Oscar Chacon
    • Processing: Alma Negra
    • Wet Mill: Las Lajas
    • Varieties: Caturra & Catuai
    • Harvest: 2018
    • Altitude: 1400 masl
    • Region: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley

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