Costa Rica Perla Negra Natural


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Oscar and Francisca Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third-generation coffee producers who are committed to quality and innovation. Las Lajas is one of very few certified organic mills in the area, and the Chacons take their environmental impact very seriously. To conserve water, the Chacons use a Penagos demucilaginator to depulp their coffee, and since all of their coffees are either honeys or naturals, very little water is used at the mill.

Las Lajas first started producing honeys in 2008 when an earthquake cut off the mill’s access to water for several weeks. Taking cues from Ethiopian and Brazilian pulpednatural and natural techniques, Oscar tried it with the harvest that year. The Chacons are among the first producers to produce honey coffees in Costa Rica. For their Honeys, 100% of the mucilage is left on the coffee, and the coffee is dried in different ways. For their Perla Negra natural processed coffee, the coffee dries directly in the sun for 10 days, rotating constantly, then is transferred to bags and left for 2-3 days before being finished on the raised beds. The Chacons determine which process to use based on the weather on the day the coffee is harvested.

Country / Costa Rica

Producer / Oscar and Francisca Chacon

Location / Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley

Process / Natural 

Variety / Villa Sarchi

Altitude / 1450 masl


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