This luscious limited offering introduces itself with aromas of raspberry preserves, orange sherbet, and jasmine. We found flavors of pink lemonade, fresh raspberry, and tamarind when sipped, with a juicy body. Lively grapefruit acidity mellows into an herbal finish of eucalyptus and lemon balm.
95 Points from Coffee Review, October 2020: "Balanced, citrusy, deeply cocoa-toned, and engagingly tart leaning, with very juicy, bright acidity."
Available whole bean in an 8 oz Blue Label tube, 8 oz pouch, or 4 oz pouch. This coffee roasts and ships on Tuesdays only—you must order by 4PM CT Monday to be included in Tuesday's roast.
Producer: The Peterson Family
Farm: Jaramillo, Hacienda La Esmeralda
Region: Jaramillo, Panama
Altitude: 5,578 feet
Notes: Pink Lemonade, Jasmine, Orange Sherbet
The Buenos Aires microlot is grown at one of the highest elevations at Hacienda La Esmeralda's Jaramillo farm. With cool temperatures, high humidity, and massive shade trees that have been standing for ages, Jaramillo is the perfect location for making the aromatics of the gesha variety sing. The farm jumps up from rolling hills on its lower part to steep 40-degree inclines higher up, making harvesting a manual and challenging affair.
There had been coffee planted on the lower parts of the farm—as many as 15 different sub-varieties of hybrids from Costa Rica and Brazil—and in 1997 the Peterson family decided to plant higher up.
Due to the high premium these coffees garner during auction, Hacienda La Esmeralda is able to pay its harvesters three times the typical wage, ensuring a good standard of living as well as the highest quality work.
By carefully dividing each lot as it is picked, specific clusters of trees are targeted during the harvest, building unique microlots for the most quality-conscious buyers.
During the natural process, harvested coffee goes directly to the patio to dry. The fruit of the cherry slowly dries out with the coffee bean itself still inside, infusing the bean with fruit and aromatic notes that carry through all the way to the cup.
Depending on the weather and the composition of the lot, the coffee will dry for 3 to 5 days on the concrete patio (8 hours per day).
Drying + Milling
After it has dried sufficiently, the lot is rotated into a Guardiola dryer for 72 hours to round out the drying process and prevent unwanted fermentation. Once drying is complete, the coffee beans are mechanically separated from the remaining fruit material.
After the coffee is removed from the patio, it is stored in nylon grain bags to rest between 30 and 45 days. This “reposo” period helps to stabilize the enzymes in the bean.
A week prior to shipment, the coffee is hulled to remove the parchment layer, then sorted by size, density, and color to create consistent nanolots. Finally, coffee is vacuum sealed in GrainPro bags and shipped to the winning bidder.
La Esmeralda's industry-leading environmental sustainability practices and support for employees and their families have made us proud to partner with the Peterson family for many years. Learn more on their website.
This coffee will be produced once a week, on Tuesdays. You must order by 4PM CT on Monday to be included in Tuesday's roast. All coffee and merchandise in your order will be produced and shipped on the same day unless you specify otherwise in the Order Notes section of your shopping cart. Please see our Shipping FAQs for more details.