COSTA RICA chacon
COSTA RICA chacon
SWEET, JUICY, FULL - PRALINE, PLUMS, DATES, RED GRAPES, MILK CHOCOLATE
COSTA RICA, SABANILLA DE ALAJUELA, POAS
FINCA LAS LAJAS
FRANCISCA & OSCAR CHACON
Oscar and Francisca Chacón are third generation farmers and masters of their art. Thanks to their approach to processing and organic cultivation, they are already a legend among farmers not only in Costa Rice but in the entire coffee world. We are honored that we can have their coffee in our menu and introduce it to you.
The Las Lajas farm is spread over 60 hectares at the foot of the Poas volcano near the town of Sabanilla in the central Costa Rica. It is divided into several parts, in which the Chacon people create different microclimates with the help of shade trees. Together with different types of processing (natural, honey, washed), they can produce lots with significantly different characteristics. After their father died of pesticide poisoning in 1980, Oscar and Frederica decided to get rid of all artificial fertilizers and switch to organic coffee cultivation. The Las Lajas farm thus became the first organic farm in Costa Rica, and helped open the door for other farmers from the region.
Up to 10 varieties of coffee trees such as Caturra, Paraiso, Villa Sarchi, Pacamara or our Milenio are grown on the farm at an altitude of 1450 m above sea level. Ripe cherries are hand-picked selectively from December to February. Our lot was processed in the form of honey. Cherries are dried in the sun on beds for several days. Depending on the color, the cherries are then moved. The longer the drying time, the darker the color. Black Honey does not move at all during the first two days after pulping (after removing the pulp). With this type of processing, they can reduce the volume of water used almost to a minimum. Thanks to this processing, the coffee is juicy, sweet with balanced acidity.
Oscar and Francesca started the farm all by themselves, but today they employ 20 people at the station and up to 100 pickers. The payment is given to the "head of the household", the woman, because they believe that money is better managed by women in the family.