Las Lajas Perla Negra - Costa Rica
Las Lajas Perla Negra - Costa Rica
$ 21.00

Las Lajas Perla Negra - Costa Rica

12 oz / 340 gm

Tasting Notes: Berry Skittles, Sugarcane Juice, Milk Chocolate

Perla Negra (Controlled Fermentation Natural) Dries directly in the sun for 10 days, rotating constantly, then transferred to bags and left for 2–3 days before being finished on the raised beds.

Oscar and Francisca Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third-generation coffee producers who are committed to quality and innovation and are probably best known for being among the first to produce Honey and Natural coffees in Costa Rica in the 2000s. Las Lajas began producing honey coffees in 2008 after an earthquake cut off the mill's access to water for several weeks. Oscar had heard that in Brazil and Ethiopia they use pulped-natural and natural techniques to process coffees, so he tried it with his harvest that year. 

Harvesting and processing are overseen with great care by both Oscar and Francisca: During the harvest, Francisca measures the Brix of the cherry to determine the optimal ripeness, and picking will begin when the Brix reads about 22°. Harvesting by Brix reading is also helpful as newer varieties sometimes ripen to different colors: Using the refractometer helps keep the harvest at uniform ripeness, which is key when producing high-quality Naturals and Honeys.

Origin: Costa Rica
Region: Central Valley
Farm: Los Angeles
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi
Altitude: 1450 MASL
Processing: Perla Negra Natural