Seattle Coffee Works

Costa Rica Las Lajas Perla Negra Natural

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Central Valley growing region, Costa Rica.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.45/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2014

Agtron: 58/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweet-toned, deep; lovely balance. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, hazelnut, white peach, lily-like flowers in aroma and cup. Plump, soft acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a rich, sweet, cleanly straightforward finish.


This is a certified organic dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Farmers Francesca Cabillo and Oscar Chacon Solano process all of their coffees using alternative processing methods (honey, natural) to compensate for relatively low growing elevations. Seattle Coffee Works is a small-batch retail and wholesale roasting company focused on quality and green coffee sourcing without compromise. Visit www.seattlecoffeeworks.com or call 206-340-8867 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer depth, resonance and balance to bright assertion in a quietly nuanced cup.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2014 tasting report: Honey and Natural Process Coffees, Central America 2014

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