Corvus Coffee Roasters

Las Lajas Perla Negra Natural

Location: Denver, Colorado

Origin: Central Valley, Costa Rica

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $22.00/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2016

Agtron: 52/70

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicate but deep, fruit-forward. Raspberry, violet, blood orange zest, liquorice, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Juicy, vibrant acidity; lean but silky mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish consolidates to blood orange zest and roasted cacao nib.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the #28 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016.  Produced by Las Lajas farm from trees of the Caturra and Catuai varieties of Arabica. This is a 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. This coffee tied for the top rating in a cupping of Costa Rica coffees for Coffee Review‘s October 2016 tasting report. Corvus Coffee Roasters is based in Denver, Colorado and specializes in rare and exclusive coffees from some of the finest growers in the world. Corvus focuses on processing methods and selective harvesting, which result in small, seasonal micro-lots of uniquely sweet, vibrant, and clean flavor profiles.  For more information, visit www.corvuscoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: An impressive cocoa- and fruit-toned, sweetly rich cup.

This review originally appeared in the October, 2016 tasting report: Costa Rica 2016: Innovation and Success in a Changing Market

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