BEST OF PANAMA 2020 ELIDA ESTATE GEISHA WASHED & NATURAL
BEST OF PANAMA 2020
Farm: Elida Estate
Farmer: Lamastus Family
Processing: Washed & Natural
MASL: 1700 – 2500 MASL
Available in 70g jars only. Sold as a set of 2 jars. Washed & Natural.
The Lamastus Family has being producing coffee in Elida Estate for four generations since 1918. Elida Estate coffees are produced under a unique world-ecological condition: it is shade-grown, bird-friendly, the farm is located at a very high elevation, in a microclimate with very low temperatures, the coffee trees are surrounded by the Volcan Baru National Park, a virgin native cloudy rain forest.
At the turn of the century, Kentucky born Robert Lamastus started an Arabica coffee plantation in a farm located at around 5,600 ft (1,700 m) above sea level in the skirts of the Baru Volcano in Boquete, Panama. At the time their grandfather processed and exported what is still today considered as one of the highest quality coffees in the world. Nowadays and three generations later, the tradition continues, the Lamastus family, still produces, processes, exports, and now roast its own rare estate coffees.
The Lamastus, produce these estate coffees in three different farms located in Boquete, Panama. El Burro Estate, Luito Geisha Estates, and Elida Estate. They are located in the highest area of the country in steep hills in the skirt of one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, the Baru Volcano. Elida Estate is the highest coffee farm among all three in Panama located between 5,500 and 8,200 ft (1,700 and 2,500m) above sea-level. Because of the high altitudes where the coffee is grown the beans are very dense and uniform and they are mild with a medium body, good aroma, and high acidity. These estate coffees are considered among the best in the world.
These estates are planted with Arabica coffees in rich deep young volcanic soils and are kept in optimum conditions to develop the best quality coffee that the trees can produce. The cherries are delicately hand-picked, at strict full maturity, by native Ngobe-Bugle Indians in an area where our main objective is to keep the environment to its most pristine and natural condition. The coffee is then processed with most care to keep the rich flavor of the coffee in three different processing methods (Natural, Washed, and Honey). Then, the coffee is carefully selected, rested for 60 to a 100 days (depending on the process) in burlap sacks on wooden floors and then exported directly by the Lamastus family. In 2020, washed coffee from their Elida Estate came 2nd in the Best of Panama competition and same coffee but natural processed placed 6th.
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Washed 70g + Natural 70g
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