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Pillar - COSTA RICA BLACK DIAMOND - FILTER

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Costa Rica

Black Diamond

Las Lajas Microlot

1300-1600masl

Caturra & Catuai

Honey

Grape, mandarin, and lime

In the cup: Just popping a bag of this coffee, one knows they are in for something super fine indeed. Cupping at 90+, complexity and balance sing in perfect harmony. A medley of grapes blend with mandarin, lime and raspberry. This flavour then shifts as its delicate body carries sweet caramel which transitions to a lingering malt finish. We are blown away by the sparkle of citrus from this cup and are discounting this super special microlot (over 30% off!!) to share it with as many people as possible.

The producers: Beneficio Las Lajas is owned and operated by third generation coffee producers Francisca and Oscar. Before 2006, Oscar and Francisca focused on growing coffee, but then in an effort to spend more time with their family and start to build something for their children, they began to experiment with processing micolots-- exploring and refining already established and successful honey processing techniques that this region is famous for. Oscar and Francisca's coffees have gone from strength to strength, with demand for their coffees soaring across the international specialty coffee market. From an initial output of just 25 bags, the Las Lajas farm now exports a current volume of around 2000 bags. Yet Francisca and Oscar's farm remains at its core a family business, with their four children (all specialty coffee aficionados) continuing to visit and help the farm during the busy coffee harvest season.

An inspiring ability to adapt: In 2008, an earthquake hit the Benefico Las Lajas which left the Las Lajas mill without electricity or water. With coffee ripening and pickers continuing to deliver coffee, Oscar and Francisca made the bold decision to process the coffee in the natural style. What followed was an entirely mixed reaction with local cuppers finding the results a tad jarring, but the international coffee community falling in love. This adaptive attitude kept Las Lajas producing naturals and even sparked a trend in Costa Rica for naturally processed microlots.

Processing: The term honey processing doesn't quite describe this exceptional coffee's entire processing journey. For this limited microlot, a special process aimed at extended drying time has been developed. Following scrupulous selective picking the ripe cherry is placed on raised beds with 100% of mucilage still attached to the bean. The drying process begins here exposed to full sun for up to 6 hours. The cherries are then transferred to covered patios where temperatures can be more accurately controlled and internal temperatures kept low and stable. It is the meticulous and consistent standards throughout this processing method, with a key focus on stability by closely monitoring internal and external temperatures at various key stages, that elevate this coffee into a class of its own. In the cup this shows itself in complexity, incredible evenness of flavour, and great nuance--a cup truly worthy of the top shelf and super fine gold standard.