Country: Costa Rica
Terroir: Central Valley
Processing: Red Honey
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai
Aroma: Coco and Citrus
Flavors: Fruity, Red Berry, Orange rind
Sweetness: Cherry Tart and Pineapple
Body: Sweet and smooth
You'll like this coffee if: You like fruit and Pineapple, Cherry Pie and sweet Orange Sherbet.
Watch our tasting video.
Las Lajas is one of the best producers in Costa Rica, producing coffees which are innovative and unique to their micromill. Their Red Honey is a drying process Francisca and Oscar developed to differentiate different flavor profiles of their honey processed coffees. The Red Honey is the median honey process with a medium amount of time spent on the beds with a medium amount of pulp remaining during the drying process, This leads to a balanced and vibrant coffee with red berry notes, and a clean sweet overall flavor.
What roast is your coffee?
We roast to a profile unique to each coffee which is designed to highlight the natural flavors of the bean while emphasizing sweetness and balanced acidity. On the spectrum of "typical roast" levels we would generally be in the medium to medium light on all coffees.
Do you offer ground coffee?
We do not. One of the best ways to brew really excellent coffee is to grind within 30 minutes of brewing. You'd be surprised the difference this makes, and our rule of thumb is grinding fresh on a very cheap grinder is better than pre-grinding on a very nice grinder.
Why is your coffee so expensive?
Really excellent coffee is picked by hand, and goes through multiple sorting processes and methods to improve quality. The higher number of processes involved in removing defects, underripe beans, and damaged beans the higher the amount of labor and the lower the yield from the farm. The extra work and higher amount of bad coffee removed is the primary reason for the increase in price.
Secondarily, we are trying to increase the amount farmers can earn for their coffee. We need to prove to them and their children (most importantly) that they can make a good living growing coffee. If this doesn't happen more and more farms will stop producing when children move to the city because of the low incomes in the coffee industry.