New Roast Date: January 5th, 2015
Coffee Review ranked our Camilina Geisha #1 on their Top 30 Coffees of 2014 list!
"Camilina" is the cute granddaughter of Roberto Brenes (farmer). He named this Geisha lot after her. This new Geisha exhibits a delicate jasmine-like aroma, a distinct and bright citrus-acidity with hints of white wine and notes of berries, lemon, mandarin oranges and green tea.
The 2014 harvest has been the product of two very long dry seasons; the April- May of 2013 where we got very little rain until mid-May and the flowering was late. At the same time the harvest season between January to March was slow in the region. (My neighbor Café de Eleta keeps a little summer camps for the kids of the harvesters and had to keep it open for two more weeks.)
Having a long period of dryness, at the beginning and the end, may have enhanced the sweetness of the grain. Also very dry and sunny months of February and March, allow the natural process to be steady and consistent. We also feel that as the grain ripened slowly, we had time and patience to pick the middle and near final pickings to yield red almost purple cherries.
We only see this coffee improving. Most trees that we harvested to do the Natural are 4 to 5 years old, and in the range of 1675 to 1715 meters. Next year, we expect a larger crop and as we see in older trees, cherries should be better and thus our Camilina.
"Ironman Geisha is a nickname of Auromar Panama Geisha and only used by the auction lots sold through the Best of Panama Auction." - Roberto Brenes
This corp that we purchased is the same geisha from the same lot as the auction lot. It was purchased via our direct trade model, bringing this great bean to our customers at a significant value to the $179.82 lb green price of the auction lot.
Auromar S.A. has been engaged in the production of high-end rare quality SHB coffee since 2006. Presently the project is engaged almost exclusively in the farming of Geisha Coffee and to a lesser extent in the production of high quality Tekisic Coffee.
The Coffee production:
The farm, Finca La Aurora, is located at the North West corner of the Chiriquí province in the region of Piedra Candela; only two kilometers from the border of Costa Rica. The farm is comprised of 31 hectares where 16 hectares are pristine highland rainforest, sitting at the top of the property at an altitude ranging from 1700 to 1775 meters above sea level. The rest of the property, 15 hectares, lying between 1485 and 1700 meters is dedicated to the production of coffee. The average altitude of the plantation is 1,625 meters. Yearly temperature on the farm ranges between 16 and 25 degrees centigrade. Average rainfall veers around 3500 mm.
Today, coffee is planted on 9 hectares and the farm is expanding to 15 hectares in the next two years. Coffee is grown on a semi shade environment provided by endemic species of trees. Part of the shade is provided by high altitude avocado trees of the Hass variety.
The 2012 -2013 harvest yielded 1700 pounds of Geisha and 1600 pounds of Tekisic . All production is sold to international buyers. This year, 2013, the Auromar Geisha Ironman, won first prize in the Best of Panama (BOP) contest on the washed Geisha category.
All Auromar production is processed by Café de Eleta S.A., a state of the art coffee plant and mill only 3 kilometers away from the farm. Café de Eleta installations include a modern laboratory for cupping and hand selection of the best grains and coffees.
Coffee is processed either semi washed or washed. Coffee is sun dryed, and finished drying in the mill. Coffee packing is done at the requirements of clients. We have experience using gran pro packing, burlap or polypropylene. High end coffees are vacuum packed and boxed.
Auromar has a strong commitment with the environment, its stakeholders and its clients. Our aim is to produce the best quality coffee in a sustainable environment and preserving at maximum flora and fauna of the farm and its areas of influence. We are a child labor free farm and invest in the quality of life of our workers and their families.
Coffee Review gave the Camilina Geisha 97 Points!
Beautifully structured and almost impossibly intricate in flavor and aroma. The fruit sensation is so deep and so complex that one could find almost any note in it: we settled on guava, mango and tangerine. Intensely floral – passion fruit, lilac, lily – with crisp cacao nib and sandalwood complication. Rich, lyric acidity; syrupy but buoyant mouthfeel. The aromatic fireworks quiet a bit but still saturate the finish.