WHAT WE TASTE: Balanced and approachable with notes of raisin, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, and cherry.
ORIGIN: Central America
PROCESSING METHOD: Washed, Sun Dried
ALTITUDE: 1600-1800 meters
VARIETALS: Typica, Catuai
Panama Lerida Estate is one of the oldest coffee farms in Panama, founded by Toleff Boche Monniche in the 1920s. The family farm was sold to the Collins family in 1957. The Collins family, and particularly John Collins, were instrumental in changing worldwide perception of coffee in Panama. In early Best of Panama competitions in the early 2000s, the Lerida Estate set the standard for what coffee in Panama can taste like. These were the days before the famous Geisha variety was found in Panama.
The Lerida Estate is located in the Highlands of Boquete, Panama, down the hill from the Baru Volcano. The coffee is grown at 1600-1800 meters above sea level, washed and sun dried. Lerida Estate is a beautiful natural reserve with a great variety of flora and fauna. The carefully preserved area is surrounded by virgin forests, and the current owners, the Amoruso family, have worked hard to balance a commitment to commercial interests with a commitment to protect the environment. They’ve created an incredibly beautiful preserve that embraces both natural treasures and world-class coffee.