Tag: Tacoma

Holy Schmidt Coffee Company // Costa Rica Carrizal

Holy Schmidt Coffee Company // Costa Rica Carrizal

This coffee comes from COOPETARRAZU of the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. The Community Coffee program with COOPETARRAZU has made a real impact on the communities that deliver cherry to this mill. This program has allowed buyers to separate out lots from specific communities that score […]

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Kochere

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Kochere

The Table is, as a collective whole, a massive fan of coffee from the Kochere Cooperative; it has seen several of their coffees served upon it over the past couple years. I remain impressed with the care and pride the members take in the cultivation and […]

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Costa Rica Las Lajas

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Costa Rica Las Lajas

Bluebeard Coffee Costa Rica Las Lajas
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Dona Francisca and Don Oscar Chacon of Las Lajas Micromill are third generation coffee producers in their family. They inherited their farms from their grandparents and are known for being one of the first to process high-quality Honeys and Naturals in Central America and for participating in the Cup of Excellence auction in 2009.

Las Lajas is an organic micromill located in Sabanilla de Alajuela in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. Organic coffee in Costa Rica is almost non-existent and with this caliber of cup makes it one of a kind; they believe in the preservation of the environment hence their organic practices. Las Lajas processes coffee from their family farms’; these lots are fully traceable and separated by day. Water use is minimal since coffee is not washed. During the harvest Francisca will measure the brix contents in the coffee cherry to determine the optimal time to pick their coffee. 21 – 22% brix content has been the maximum they’ve seen.

Las Lajas carries several distinct processes from this mill. Today’s coffee is 100% natural.

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Costa Rica Las Lajas, from Bluebeard Coffee Roasters in Tacoma, Washington. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THE BASICS:

region: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Costa Rica
farm: Finca Las Lajas
producer: Oscar Chacon
association: N/A
elevation: 1300 – 1500 meters above sea level
cultivars: Caturra, Catuai
process: natural
certifications: Organic

THE BREW:

method: Hario V60
grind: 18, Preciso
coffee: 30 g
water: 450 mL
bloom: 1:00
pour: 2:30 concentric pour, 1:00 drop

THE COFFEE:

The aroma of this Costa Rica Las Lajas is exactly what I was hoping it would be, based on previous experiences with this coffee; it is intensely bright, sweet, and fruit-forward, accentuated by scents of red fruits, honey, chocolate, and a bouquet of floral aromatics.

Boy, do I love this coffee. I’ve had it a few times this year and, each time, it fails to disappoint. This iteration is no exception. The first few sips of the cup are immediately bright and vibrant, a little tart even, as the coffee comes lazily rolling over the tongue with a jelly-like mouthfeel, being characterized by strawberry preserves and Gala apple and supported by a backbone of caramel, milk chocolate, nougat, and marzipan. There’s also a really unique flavor happening in the back of each sip that very closely resembles cinnamon raisin bread.

As it cools off, its red fruit flavors intensify, becoming much more pronounced, prominent, and juicy as they gush all over the palate, totally drowning my taste buds in flavors of sweet strawberry, Rainier cherry, and spiced apple cider. What’s really grabbing my attention, though, is the coffee’s finish; after all of that red fruit juice rolls off the tongue, my palate is left with a spicy lingering finish that is surprisingly (shockingly) reminiscent of an Oktoberfest beer: roasted malt, spices (cinnamon, clove, coriander), fruit, and caramel.

Medium body; jelly mouthfeel; berry acidity; clean finish.

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Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Kenya Othaya Cooperative

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Kenya Othaya Cooperative

On the eastern side of the Aberdares mountain ranges in Nyeri County, Kenya, operates the Othaya Farming Cooperative Society. The Othaya FCS is comprised of around 14,000 members who bring their coffees to one of 19 established wet mills, while the cooperative also has its […]

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Colombia El Mirador

Bluebeard Coffee Roasters // Colombia El Mirador

Elkin Guzman is a true pioneer in Pitalito. He is an extremely intelligent young farmer that is using technology in amazing ways to improve his coffee. His techniques are so calculated that his coffee has been some of the most consistently impressive to come out […]