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Climpson & Sons: Costa Rica, The Fields, Las Lajas Micromill, Honey Process

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The Fields is the adventurous coffee that has been a key player in our forward-thinking desire for quality and innovation at the roastery. This coffee is a nod to our past as one of the pioneers in the London coffee scene and a representation of our position in Hackney.

Our latest version of The Fields marks the fourth year we have purchased coffee produced at the ground-breaking Las Lajas micromill. Producers Oscar and Francisca Chacón are steadfastly committed to innovation and preserving their natural environment, resulting in an exceptional range of flavour possibilities. Constantly adapting to the growing challenges of climate change the Las Lajas micromill is one of only a few certified organic mills in Costa Rica. In pioneering different honey and natural process they are able to reduce their use of water and limit their environmental impact.

The Las Lajas micromill is located in Sabanilla de Alajuela, within Costa Rica's Valle Central region. The mill processes the coffee grown on The Chacón's surrounding farms, inherited from their grandparents, and is infamous for offering a unique range of processing methods. With an earthquake in 2008 limiting their water supply Oscar and Francisca Chacón took inspiration from Brazilian producers and implemented natural and pulped-natural processes to immediate affect. Refining this approach further they now offer Yellow, Red & Black Honey lots as well as three different styles of natural process.

Regardless of the process, each lot starts with perfectly uniform cherries measured by Brix sugar content prior to picking. Naturals go straight to drying patios whilst the honey processes are pulped and then moved to the drying beds with their layer of mucilage intact. Definitions of honey process colours can often vary between producers with Las Lajas choosing to define theirs by time and attention to turning throughout the process. Their Yellow Honey lots are turned hourly on drying beds, Red Honey lots rotated only a few times daily whilst the Black Honey's will be turned once per day. This influences the time taken to dry and the colour the parchment appears with different exposure to the sun.

This Red Honey lot of Caturra and Catuai varieties is adventurous and complex. Almost the perfect Autumnal coffee with flavour notes of berries, dried fruit, and warming spice.

Altitude: 1,450 masl
Farm/Coop: The Fields, Las Lajas Micromill
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stove Top, Black, With milk
Origin: Costa Rica, Central America
Region: Sabanilla De Alajuela, Valle Central
Process Method: Honey Process
Tasting Notes: Cranberry, clove, muscovado
Varietals: Caturra & Catuai

When do we roast and post your coffee?

All our coffee is roasted to order and dispatched by courier.

Delivery prices to United Kingdom

Collection locations

  • Climpson’s Arch (Roastery) - Arch 374 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.