The Koyner/Duncan family moved to Panama from Canada in the early 1900s and established one of the first coffee mills in the country, which is actually still operational today.
Kotowa is one of a few farms owned the Koyner/Duncan family in Boquete, Panama. The coffee at Kotowa—"mountain" in the indigenous Gnobe Indian language—grows on the slopes of the Baru volcano, between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of the continental divide. This location creates a microclimate of cool temperatures and optimal amounts of rain and sun. The coffees mature slowly and produce cherries with a high sugar content.
As a testament to these favorable growing conditions, not to mention careful picking and processing, various lots from Kotowa won the Best of Panama competition from 2012-2014.
Kotowa offers its workers medical care and, for the children of workers, a nursery providing both meals and a school program. These social programs have earned repeated recognition from UNICEF.
Duncan Estate is known for its high-quality geshas as well as experiments like the "wine process," which involves leaving coffee cherries on the shrub for two weeks after maturity, allowing the fruit to over-ripen. Once the fruit is harvested, it is sun-dried for several days in a cool climate at more than 5,500 feet above sea level, resulting in a uniquely strong, fruity and fermented, wine-like cup profile.