Five Ways Coffee Roasters
Costa Rica - Las Lajas - Yellow Diamonds
Oscar Chacón Solano, the producer behind Las Lajas farm, inherited 50 hectares of land in 1988 after his father's passing. The Chacón siblings, determined to honor their father's legacy, shifted their coffee production to prioritize environmental conservation, stable employment for workers, and preserving coffee culture within their family and community.
In the early 2000s, Oscar Chacón and Francisca Cubillo, representing the third generation of coffee producers, initiated the Las Lajas Ecological Benefit to process coffee from their own farms. In 2006, they introduced the natural process due to an earthquake disrupting traditional washing methods, exporting 2700 sacks annually.
Situated in Sabanilla de Alajuela, Costa Rica (Google Maps: 3QJG+QX5, 130, Province of Alajuela, Sabanilla), Las Lajas processes all coffee produced by the Chacón family. The 100-hectare farm, at an altitude of 1500 to 1700 meters, mainly grows caturra-catuaí but has diversified its crops over the last 5 years. Harvesting occurs from December to February.
Las Lajas employs various tree species, including legumes and native trees, to enhance soil quality. They utilize compost-like organic fertilizer, derived from coffee processing pulp and waste from nearby mills. The farm engages in a 20% yearly renewal system, continuously pruning and replanting lots. With an average density of 50 trees per hectare, Las Lajas is committed to an agroecological process.
Harvesting is manual, focusing on selecting 100% ripe beans with high brix levels. The beans are processed at the Las Lajas mill, where they are separated into micro lots for specialty production. After achieving optimal drying levels (11%), the coffee is packed, labeled, and rests for approximately 60 days before export.
Las Lajas addresses local labor shortages and production cost challenges by planting leguminous trees, improving cup quality. They aim to continue planting more shade trees on the farm. To achieve the Yellow Diamond process, coffee undergoes pulping, retains 100% of the mucilage, and experiences anaerobic fermentation for 84 hours. After fermentation, it moves to raised beds for dehydration (15 to 20 days) to complete the drying process.
Country: Costa Rica
Region: Alajuela, Sabanilla
Process: Honey (yellow diamonds)
Tasting Notes: Toffee banana, rum, watermelon, papaya, guava
Roast Type: Filter
We roast weekly to order. Shipping takes place every Thursday and Friday. Order before Tuesday to ensure delivery within the week.
Pickup available at Kinkerstraat 186
Meestal klaar binnen 2-4 dagen
Our standards in coffee making are reflected in our care for the environment. By using innovative packaging and sustainable logistics techniques, we aim to reduce our carbon footprint.
Five Ways is always on the lookout for new and inspiring ways to be sustainable and care for our planet.
Shipping at Five Ways:
The basics, Add to the cart the items (or coffee) you would like to purchase. We will then select, pack and ship your choices to your location. We roast weekly to order. Shipping takes place every Thursday and Friday. Order before Wednesday to ensure delivery departs within the same week.
Shipping and delivery
We ship using our friends at Keen delivery. This delivery platform allows us to ship with multiple carriers. Within Europe we use DPD, Post NL and DHL. Local shipping in The Netherlands we use DPD and you should receive your goods within 24-48 hours. Given Brexit… we ship to the UK with PostNL do expect delays here due to customs paperwork.
Note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, delivery is expected to take between 1-2 days longer, depending on your location. We are not responsible for any unforeseen service disruptions by our delivery partners.
Shipping rates are calculated automatically at checkout using inputs from our providers. Is shipping not available to your country? Email us your order and, we will arrange it for you.
To be arranged at the time of order. We will also offer this service at our flagship locations which, will be opening very soon. Only available within Amsterdam.
We can’t accept returns on coffee due to it being perishable. However, we really want you to be happy with your beans! If you have any issues with our coffee, please call or email within the week of receiving your order.
At Five Ways we are official distributors of ACAIA products. We have the Reseller RMA policy to, set up warranty and service between reseller (us) and the consumer. Please email us if you have any further questions.
Who is responsible to covers fees within the warranty period? See below.
Product Purchased from Acaia Local Reseller
Reseller is responsible for inspection and repair
Customer is responsible for inspection fee
Covered by Acaia
Covered by Acaia
Reseller is responsible for two-way shipping cost
Customer is responsible for two-way shipping cost
- Choose the right container: It's important to store your coffee beans in an airtight container. Look for a container made of a material that won't absorb odors, like glass or ceramic. Avoid using plastic containers, as they can impart a plastic-like taste to the coffee.
- Keep the container away from light: Coffee beans are sensitive to light, which can cause them to degrade more quickly. Store your coffee container in a dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard.
- Keep the container away from heat: Heat can also cause coffee beans to degrade. Avoid storing your coffee container near a heat source, such as a stove or oven.
- Store at room temperature: Coffee beans should be stored at room temperature, between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid storing coffee beans in the refrigerator or freezer, as moisture can cause them to spoil and lose their flavor.
- Use whole beans: It's best to store whole coffee beans rather than ground coffee. Ground coffee has a larger surface area, which makes it more vulnerable to oxidation and degradation.
- Avoid air exposure: Exposure to air can cause coffee beans to oxidize, which can lead to a stale or sour taste