They say necessity is the mother of invention. Located in the Central Valley region, today Las Lajas is at the forefront of micro-mill processing trend in Costa Rica. Prior to building Las Lajas, Oscar and Francisca relied on large multinationals to purchase and process their coffee cherries. But the price for harvested cherry was not covering the Chacón’s rising costs of organic farm management and labor to harvest the cherry. Over the last ten years, the Chacón family has focused on balancing environmental impact with expressive cup profiles. The family farms have remained certified organic while processing cherry is always in a state of reinvention.
The Pacayal, a diverse collective of 134 Honduran farmers, that came together to support a more direct trade model that is driven by their coffee being delicious enough to command a premium. This particular lot comes from Mirna Vasquez’ two hectare farm - Finca Johelita, which has now sold premium coffee more directly to the US, Japan, and Ireland. The premiums from the coffee allow Mirina to put her daughter, the farm’s namesake, through school.