Our first coffee we are introducing, and really want to showcase, is our Costa Rican Lote Las Lajas.
Costa Rican Ecology
Costa Rica, as a nation, provide less than 1% of the world’s coffee. And yet, many of the coffees grown here are to be considered in the top 1% of the world’s finest coffees! Talk about quality over quantity!
The main contributor to these brilliant, complex beans coming from Costa Rica are attributed to the climate. With the majority of the growing regions of Costa Rica being mountainous, it provides the altitudes that Arabica beans thrive in. And with distinct wet and dry seasons and year round, consistent high temperatures, it provides the ideal growing conditions.
Oscar and Francisca Chacón are third-generation coffee producers, but the coffee is more than just in their family heritage: It's in their hearts and souls as well. The couple is committed to quality and innovation, and are among the very first farmers in Costa Rica to produce Honey and Natural process specialty coffee.
In 2005, after years of delivering their cherry to a cooperative for the going market price, they decided to join the brand-new "micromill revolution" and buy their own depulper to have more control over the quality and the price they received for their lots. "At first, we didn't know what we were doing," Oscar explains. "We were just experimenting." That experimentation led to some of the most exciting new flavour profiles we have ever tasted: Now, the Chacons produce a wide range of Honey process coffees, modulating the drying time in order to create different effects in the cup.
The honey process is one of the more interesting processes when it comes to getting the cherry down to a bean. Essentially, the cherries are de-pulped and rather than washed clean, they are left in the mucilage of the cherry which is yellow and sticky (hence being the honey process) and this dries to the bean giving them a slightly browner colour. This affects the taste of the bean and gives much more deep & complex flavours. However, unlike washed or natural coffees, it is left with a less fruity flavour.
Coffee and tasting notes
Mild, sweet and clean with fresh fruit, brown sugar and lemongrass flavours.
Origin: Costa Rica
Region: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley
Altitude: 1450–1600 masl
Harvest Schedule: January–March
One of our key values at Cannon are to fully understand where our coffee is coming from and ensuring that a better than fair price is going to the farmers for it. Having traceability behind a coffee is so important since it allows you to fully appreciate the journey behind your morning brew.
We have chosen to partner with Café Import since they share all of our beliefs and core values. Like us, they believe that education is the first step to improving the way in which the world views coffee. In understanding the processes and the origin of a coffee, we can better understand the ethical and sustainable cultivation practices behind the bean.