Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

Costa Rica Las Lajas Black Honey

Location: Floyd, Virginia

Origin: Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley, Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.49/12 ounces

Review Date: March 2019

Agtron: 54/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply sweet, elegantly fruit-forward. Raw honey, blackberry, sandalwood, lilac, baker’s chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweet-toned structure with gentle, rounded acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. The resonant finish centers around blackberry and sandalwood notes, with honey as a long throughline.


Produced from trees of the respected Catuai and Caturra varieties of Arabica at Calle Liles Farm and processed by the black honey method, meaning that skins are removed from the fruit, but virtually all of the pulp is allowed to dry on the beans, often resulting in a deep, pungent profile. Certified organic. Established in 2010, Red Rooster is an organic-certified micro-roaster focusing on socially conscious, high-quality coffee. Visit redroostercoffee.com or call 540-745-7338 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A crisp, richly sweet, berry-driven black honey from Costa Rica.

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