This is just one of two incredibly tasty and interesting Costa Rican coffees we're releasing this January (check out Las Lajas for the other showstopper) with all the richness and boozy notes you could want to get you through the darker days of winter!
El Perezoso (‘The Sloth’) was produced by Coopro Naranjo, located in Costa Rica’s West Valley, an area under the influence of Pacific weather patterns which was badly hit by hurricane Nate in 2017.
The coop has over 2,000 members, and has been running its ‘Loma’ microlot programme (named after the ‘lomas’ – ranges of hills – that characterise the region) since 2006. The programme offers agronomy and processes training and support to its members. The producers need to fulfil the requirements of the coop for their coffee to be considered for microlots and, if successful, they receive a cash advance of 110,000 colones (approx. £145).
The specialty quality cherries destined for microlots are delivered directly to the coop. At the coop, the microlots are dried on African (raised) beds. The lots are not disturbed at all during the first night, but are moved every 20 minutes after that. The drying process, for the naturally processed coffees, takes 18 days.