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Costa Rica Las Lajas Natural

This naturally processed coffee has become a staple in our offerings from Central America. Las Lajas is the premier coffee mill in costa rica and this lot highlights precisely why they're heralded as the best. Expect notes of grape, with an inherent sweetness of semi-sweet dark chocolate. We love this coffee for its versatility across brewing methods and extractions.


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Level: Moderate  |  Agtron # 71.6


Variety:
Catuai, Caturra, Bourbon
Process:
Elevation:
1600 Meters
Cup:
Concord Grape, Vanilla, Pomegranate, 60% Dark Chocolate
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Variety:
Catuai, Caturra, Bourbon
Process:
Natural, Patio Dried
Elevation:
1600 Meters
Cup:
Concord Grape, Vanilla, Pomegranate, 60% Dark Chocolate

Story

At Onyx, we have a soft spot for naturally processed coffees. We eagerly await the fresh crop from one specific micro mill that has captured the hearts of Onyx enthusiasts far and wide: Las Lajas in the Central Valley, Costa Rica.

Oscar and Francisca Chacon gained considerable notoriety within the specialty coffee market in the early 2000s when their processing facility suddenly stopped due to an earthquake, inhibiting their ability to adequately remove the fruit from the seeds of their fresh harvest before drying. At this time, washed coffees dominated the market in Costa Rica and Central America generally, and honey processing techniques didn’t exist. This fortuitous malfunction resulted in a harvest that was partially washed and partially ‘pulped natural’, or ‘honey’. To their surprise, they noticed buyers consistently offering higher prices for the honey-processed lots than they were for the more traditional offerings. They saw the opportunity and were inspired to embrace the challenge.

Over the next decade, they began experimenting with precise and consistent dry processing techniques and fermentation methods to bring something new to specialty coffee in Costa Rica. Their success reverberated throughout the industry as roasters flocked to the market, propagating a new era of coffee production potential in Costa Rica.

Traditionally, it is unusual for coffee farmers to roast, taste, and evaluate their coffee before it is priced and exported. It is even more uncommon for producers to reserve even the smallest portion of their crop for personal consumption. Historically speaking, the only meaningful indicator that farmers have ever relied on to measure the success of their harvest has been the cup score they receive from prospective buyers. Seeing this phenomenon occur firsthand while selling their own coffee, the Chacons took a risk and purchased their own roasting machine in 2016. With the newfound ability to taste, experiment, and measure the performance of each of their lots season over season, Oscar and Francisca could finally take long-term success into their own hands - all while paving the way for other local farmers to follow in their footsteps. These days, Las Lajas is broadly considered the premier micro mill in Costa Rica and maintains considerable prestige in coffee production across the western hemisphere.

While Las Lajas may have a history in honey processing, they’ve mastered the skills required to excel in natural processing as well. The incidental revelation of dry processing and the delicious potential of such techniques have forced them to become adept in the sensitive nature of fermentation; whatever shape it takes. This knowledge has equipped them to successfully administer a large spectrum of techniques within their post-harvest processing protocols, creating an impressive portfolio of coffees for international roasters to choose from.

‘Perla Negra’, or ‘Black Pearl’, is the name Oscar and Francisca have chosen to refer to their premium and 100% organic natural processed coffee. We at Onyx know it as the “Las Lajas Natural”, but its flavor profile is far from simple. Boasting an immediately recognizable taste of fresh berries, a smooth vanilla sweetness, and a finish like rich chocolate truffles, it's no wonder why this coffee has found the hearts of Onyx enthusiasts here in Arkansas and around the world. Its bold characteristics and silky tactile also make it highly versatile across many different methods of brewing.

Filter Brew Guide

Equipment: Origami & Kalita Wave 185

Coffee: 15g

Water: 220g @ 203°F

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0:00 - Bloom - 30g
0:35 - Spiral Pour - 100g
0:55 - Spiral Pour - 160g
1:15 - Spiral Pour - 220g
Drain 1:55

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Green Cost

The subject of paying for green coffee is inherently complicated. While the amount paid is very important, the payment terms and type of contract negotiated during the purchase are also paramount. Paying $5/lb of coffee can be a great price, but could be detrimental to a producer if the payment terms exceed that of their needs. Here we will dive into not only what was paid for the coffee, but how the coffee was purchased. There is a glossary of terms to be found below which will aid in your understanding of industry terms.

Farm Gate - This reflects what is paid to the producer of the coffee at the farm level. Oftentimes in terms of our relationship coffees, FOB is fairly close to the farm gate price, except for countries like Ethiopia and Kenya, when it is very difficult to trace back all the way to the producer.

FOB - Free on Board. This means that the seller is responsible for any overland fees that happen before the coffee is on board the ship. This is our most frequently listed green cost, as it is the most simple way to present what we pay a seller, but it does not reflect what the person growing the coffee was paid.

EXW- This most often reflects the 'spot' price that we paid for a coffee. All of the cost is paid by the importer, and more often than not the FOB price as well as the transport costs are unknown.

$6.10

Transportation

The price listed below is the cost we incurred during importation and domestic trucking within the US.

$0.49

Production Cost

$5.45

Fair Trade Min.

$1.80

C Market

$1.85

Cup Score

87

Lot Size

Transparency Grade

A

Transparency

We as a company believe that transparency is unbelievably important. The point of listing things below is not to justify what we charge or what we profit, but to give a realistic snapshot of the industry and how Specialty Coffee can be different than other commodity industries.

$12.04
$6.10
$0.49
$5.45
$1.80
$1.85
87
A

Transparency

We as a company believe that transparency is unbelievably important. The point of listing things below is not to justify what we charge or what we profit, but to give a realistic snapshot of the industry and how Specialty Coffee can be different than other commodity industries.

$6.10
$0.49
$5.45
$12.04
$1.80
$1.85
87
18216lbs
A
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