Las Lajas-Costa Rican
A Family Farm
In the Central Valley of Costa Rica, on the slopes of the Poas Volcano, is a small family estate that grows the finest organic coffee in the country. Las Lajas is owned and operated by Oscar and Francisca Chacon and their family. Las Lajas has been operated by the Chacon family for more than 80 years, with the third generation of coffee farmers being raised on the farm right now.
This farm is located at around 1200 meters elevation, and is one of a small hand full of Certified Organic Coffee farms in Costa Rica. Because of the premium that is paid for coffees from Costa Rica, it is rare to find farmers willing to sacrifice yield to follow organic growing procedures, but the Chacon’s have been growing organically for nearly 30 years.
In 1980 after the tragic loss of their father due to pesticide caused illness, Oscar and Francisca made the daring decision to do what their hearts told them was best for their family and start growing organically. This decision was a difficult one to make because at the time there was no premium paid for organics, but the concern for their family’s health would not allow the continuing use of chemicals.
Through the years the Chacon’s have not only paid attention to responsible growing practices but they have also placed great emphasis on producing a coffee of the highest quality. Recently, their attention to detail and their dedication to properly carrying out the many meticulous steps to producing an amazing tasting coffee have earned them international attention.
In 2008 and 2009 the Chacon’s submitted their coffees into a competition called Cup of Excellence. In this competition coffees from across Costa Rica are assessed for their cup quality and uniqueness of flavor. The Chacon’s placed in the top 25 out of over 600 coffees two years in a row. In addition their coffee was the highest ranked organic coffee in the country.
The Las Lajas is available at all of our locations to purchase in whole bean 12 oz. bags. It is also on rotation with our other Unity Project coffees on tap in each sit-down location. So please enjoy the fine cup of coffee that the Chacon family has been perfecting for 80 years with us!