Alajuela, Costa Rica
The phenomenal coffees coming from Las Lajas are some of our most anticipated coffees each year. In particular, their Perla Negra microlot is a masterclass in natural processing. Now get ready to try something truly special: cascara made from the Perla Negra cherries. Only the ripest, sweetest, most perfect cherries are reserved for Perla Negra, and Oscar Chacón of Las Lajas makes sure that no part of the cherry goes to waste.
Whereas cascara can often times be an afterthought or treated as a byproduct, Oscar devotes as much attention to his cascara as he does his coffees. The resulting brew is a beautiful, complex symphony of tropical fruit (think tamarind, papaya, mango), notes of tart cherry and cranberry, all captured in a luscious, sweet and syrupy "tea." In many ways, the profile is similar to the profile of Perla Negra itself, making for a cascara unlike any other.
Location: Poas, Sabanilla, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Variety: Cascara fromCaturra, Catuai, Bourbon and Villa Sarchi
Elevation: 1,300 - 1,500 masl