La Lia Yellow Honey Catuai
Tasting Notes: Nougat / Plums / Black Tea
Origin: Costa Rica [Santa Rosa, Tarrazu]
Cultivar: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Pacamara, Typica, SL28, Geisha
Process: Washed [dried on raised beds]
La Lia is a farm and micromill in the heart of Tarrazu owned by the brothers Luis and Oscar Monge. The farm has been in the family for almost 70 years but it was in 2007 that the brothers took over the production and started their own micromill.
The farm reaches up to 2050 meters above see level where the coffee cherries ripen very slowly which result in a high sugar concentration. The annual production is around 700 bags of green coffee. All coffees are separated by farm, cultivar and picking date. The same families that have returned to work at the farm for 14 years are handpicking the coffee. The pickers have been trained to only pick the perfectly ripe cherries and also to sort the cherries after the picking. This is hard work but very important to be able to produce delicious coffee.
We have been working with Oscar and Luis since 2012. They are doing an amazing job and their coffees have a unique cup profile. We love La Lia and we are happy to be able to roast, brew and sell their beautiful coffees.