Lareño Coffee is the fourth generation of good coffee products and processors. I was honored to meet its owner and roaster, Mr. Luis E. Alcover and family, which opened their doors for the sale of their product, on April 9, 1989, in their hometown of Lares. Since then, the family that integrates this business has taken pains to continue the same quality standards as its first generation start.
Our quality policy is to produce and make coffee using the human element in almost the entire process. We carefully cover all the steps of the traditional coffee production, from the cultivation, collected from the grain, pulp, cleaning, drying, piling, roasting, grinding, packing until its rate so that you enjoy the rich flavor of Café Lareño. We also have in our facilities the first Coffee Shop in the town of Lares where you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at Café Lareño Coffee Shop.
In recent years, coffee in our country has been transformed into a whole supported social culture; for the birth of a series of coffees with various proposals. The taste for coffee is an essential part of Puerto Rican everyday life. Knowing this, Café Lareño supervises all stages to achieve an excellent quality coffee.
- Sowing of the coffee bush: At this stage the bush takes approximately two years from sowing until its first harvest.
- Flowering Coffee: Its flowers appear which will then be coffee beans.
- Collection of Ripe Grains: It is called grape coffee because of its red color.
- Pulping the Grain: Using a special machine, the first layer of coffee or its red pulp is removed.
- Drying: It tends in sun awnings or in case of rain, drying in a robe using indirect drying ovens.
- Remove the Shell: Once dry, the second shell is removed and the grain is clean to be roasted.
- Roasting: Once the grain is clean, it passes to a toaster with controlled temperature for its roasting. Each toaster is supervised by trained personnel with years of experience in their use and handling.
- Ground: Once the roasted grain is roasted to a mill where it will become flour, it will be packaged there.
- Packaging: So that the roasted and ground coffee does not lose its aroma, it is packed in containers of materials with special characteristics that are achieved by combining plastics and papers.