producers: Oscar & Francisca Chacón
region: Central Valley
elevation: 1300 – 1500 m.a.s.l
species and varietal: arabica, Caturra and Catuai
processing method: natural
Las Lajas is located at 1300 to 1500 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Poás volcano, in the prime specialty coffee country, the Sabanilla de Alajuela region of Costa Rica’s Central Valley. The volcanic soil and the lush, fertile land characterised by heavy and regular rainfall provide ideal conditions for growing specialty-grade coffee. Las Lajas produces Caturra and Catuaí varietals grown in the shade of native trees. Organic composts are made on-site using vermiculture (worm composting), and the production process is entirely free of chemicals and agro-toxins. During harvest, cherries are selectively handpicked to collect only fully ripe and good-quality cherries. These are then processed at the farm’s state-of-the-art micro mill.