I first discovered this coffee in January 2007 on a sourcing trip through Panama. I spent a couple of days visiting with Wilford Lamastas, touring his fincas and cupping his coffees. This coffee stood out on the cupping table immediately. A distinguished cup thats very sweet, soft and balanced. Very complete and elegant. I am confident that PTs Coffee Roasting Co. customers will love this coffee.
More than half of this farm is located within the Volcan Baru National Park a protected ecological reserve and sanctuary for exotic plants, birds and mammals (like the tropical tiger). Hunting has been prohibited in this farm for decades. The Baru volcano is one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, with 14,000ha and 7 different climate zones depending on the elevation.
Elida Estate Coffee is produced under unique conditions for several reasons: first the farm is located at a very high elevation (one of the two-highest coffee farms in Panamá), it is grown in rich, young, volcanic soils with low temperatures. Fog and mist engulf the coffee trees during the dry season, and they are surrounded by virgin-native cloudy rain forest during the rainy season. The nights get cold thereby taking a tree from 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 years to start producing (2 or 3 years longer to produce than average), the low temperatures also extend the ripening time by at least one month allowing for greater development in the bean. These unique growing conditions show through in a distinguished, charming cup of coffee.
The international jury, for which I was a part, ranked Elida Estate Coffee 3rd in the Best of Panama Coffee Competition 2007. The highest rated non-Geisha coffee in the auction. So we invested in the auction lot as well. This is an outstanding coffee, grown by an outstanding family who are stewards of the land and champions of sustainability. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did finding it for you. We have only a limited amount of the auction lot coffee, our production Elida Estate Coffee will be arriving in about a month.
Enjoy your cup!
PTs Coffee Roasting Co.