After seeing they were a huge coffee fan and knocking out sweet lattes on the gram. We reached out and snapped at the chance to work with the internets favourite food reviewer. We thought the only sensible thing to do would be to create a custom blend as insane as the food he eats!
The two coffee's featured are made by incredible producers consistently scoring high and experimenting with different processing techniques to create some very unique coffee.
Roasted for filter, this blend is a 50/50 mix of two of our highest scoring coffees, from two amazing producers. Expect funky and fruity, ripe tropical fruit and rich cherry vibes, but all balanced with a milky chocolate backbone.
Blend components are : Costa Rica Las Lajas Black honey process + Guatemala Fredy Orantes Natural
Farm Info Costa Rica
Oscar and Francisca Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third-generation coffee producers who are committed to quality and innovation and are probably best known for being among the first to produce Honey and Natural coffees in Costa Rica in the 2000s. Las Lajas began producing honey coffees in 2008 after an earthquake cut off the mill's access to water for several weeks. Oscar had heard that in Brazil and Ethiopia they use pulped-natural and natural techniques to process coffees, so he tried it with his harvest that year. Around that same time, Cafe Imports founder and president Andrew Miller visited the area and was so impressed by the flavor of the Chacons' coffee he became one of the first buyers of the new process.
The micromill is also one of the only certified-organic mills in the area, and the Chacons take their environmental impact very seriously. As average temperatures rise and the weather patterns change, the Chacons are considering adding more shade trees to their farm to moderate the heat, and to add irrigation systems to combat the inconsistent rainy seasons Costa Rica has had the past few years. To mitigate their water usage, Oscar uses a Penagos demucilaging machine to depulp his coffee, which has cut the Chacon's water consumption down to almost nothing.
Harvesting and processing are overseen with great care by both Oscar and Francisca: During the harvest, Francisca measures the Brix of the cherry to determine the optimal ripeness, and picking will begin when the Brix reads about 22°. Harvesting by Brix reading is also helpful as newer varieties sometimes ripen to different colors: Using the refractometer helps keep the harvest at uniform ripeness, which is key when producing high-quality Naturals and Honeys.
The Chacons produce several different types of Honeys and Naturals: For their Honeys, 100% of the mucilage is left on the coffee, and the coffee is dried in different ways. Oscar believes that just as the roast profile will change the flavor of a coffee, the drying curve also has an impact. He wants the drying to happen slowly, which means that production is necessarily limited. "Every day I wake up I learn something new,” Oscar says about his study of the drying process.
The Chacons determine which process to use based on the weather on the day the coffee is harvested, as well as the desired profile.
|Region||Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley|
|Variety||Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi|
Farm Info Guatemala
Fredy Orantes is a true leader among the coffee growers of Santa Rosa, and has worked tirelessly to maintain high standards in the field and during the harvest in order to produce the best possible coffees. By keeping careful records, he is able to create special small lots including lots separated by varietal, which are then carefully processed. The blazing sun in Fraijanes is perfect for drying natural and honey coffees to exact specifications, and we are thrilled with the results. Finca Buena Vista is named for the remarkable views of Santa Rosa you can glimpse from the farm.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
More innovations in washed, honey, and natural lots
THOUGHTS FROM THE PRODUCER
“Coffee is a very beautiful crop and helps a lot of people with few resources.”
Farm: Buena Vista Fraijanes
Region: Casillas, Santa Rosa Catuai
Elevation: 1,800 masl
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