REGION: Alto Quiel FARM: Elida Estate FARMER: Lamastus Family
VARIETAL: Catuai 85%, Typica | Bourbon 15% ALTITUDE: 1670 - 1825 M PROCESS: Honey
The Elida Honey from our good friend and producer, Wilford Lamastus offers pure flavors of caramel, tones of orange-citrus, and stone fruit sweet finish.
More than half of this farm is located in the Volcan Baru National Park, a protected ecological reserve and sanctuary for exotic plants, birds and mammals such as the tropical tiger. The Baru volcano is one of the highest volcanoes in Central America and covers 7 different climate zones. The coffee is grown up to 1,825 meters, one of the highest elevation to grow coffee in Panama.
There are several local conditions that set this coffee apart from others. The farm is located at a very high elevation, one of the two highest coffee farms in Panama. It is grown in rich, volcanic soil with a cool climate and a significant amount of fog and mist during the dry season. The coffee trees are surrounded by virgin-native cloudy rain forest, and because of the cool temperatures at night, it takes 2 to 3 years longer than the average coffee tree before these trees begin to produce. The low temperatures also contribute to an extended ripening time by 1 month, creating a more developed coffee bean.