Panama coffees have been a favorite for a while. So as I was running out of my last one, I asked our supplier if they had anything else that was good. They recommended this coffee and said it was amazing, but pricey. I had to at least sample it. That week I received a sample of this coffee and the Don Pepe. Amazing doesn't begin to describe it. This is one of the better Latin American coffee we've had, maybe ever.
So why is it so good? Dark Chocolate, salted caramel, a soft smooth fruitiness and did I mention Dark Rich Chocolate? There really isn't much more to say. I have roasted several samples prior to launching this coffee and every time, I talk about it. I feel like there is an underlying flavor that I cannot place. When I ask for help naming it people just reply with, "it tastes like really good coffee." One day I'll figure it out.
About The Farm / Origin
Elida Estate is a perfect example of why I hate certifications. This coffee is neither Organic or Rainforest Alliance certified, but more than half of the Elida Estate is located within the Volcan Baru National Park a protected ecological reserve and sanctuary for exotic plants, birds and mammals (like the tropical tiger). What's cooler than that?
The production conditions of this coffee are super unique because it is the 2nd highest elevation farms in Panama. It is also grown in rich young volcanic soils, the temperatures are low, there is lots of fog and mist during the dry season, the coffee trees are surrounded by virgin-native cloudy rain forest, 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), these low temperatures also extend the ripening time 1 month longer (thereby the development of the bean). All these unique growing conditions show in a distinguished cup.
||City Plus (Medium)
||Natural (Dry Process)
||Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Salted Caramel