Elida Estate Natural 2012
Producer // Wilford and Thatcher Lamastus
Country // Panama
Region // Boquete
Cultivar // Catuai
Process // Dry-Process
Elevation // 1670-1870 meters
Tasting Notes // Berries, Mango, Luscious
Cup Characteristics: An incredible amount of juiciness starts as notes of berries wash over the palate. Fresh and deep mango flavors remain alongside the luscious and decadent mouthfeel.
Robert Lamastus founded Elida Estate in the early 1900s. While working on the Panama Canal he fell head over heels for the country, specifically Boquete. The estate is now under the supervision of his grandson Wilford, who has spent his whole life turning Elida into one of the most well-respected farms in the producing world.
During harvest season a very unique weather pattern turns Boquete into one of the most intense and magnified microclimates in the coffee-producing world. They call it “Bajareque” (Bah-Ha-Reh-Kay). Since Boquete is located in the Eastern portion of the Talamanca mountain range (specifically on the Eastern peak of the Baru Volcano), a mist accumulates around the city when a cold front is present along the coast of Florida. During winter, that mist turns from light to strong rains because of the addition of moisture on the Pacific coast side.
The Bajareque absorbs the whole landscape with an immense fog. As it rolls in, you can see the farmers greet it with smiles, because the fog allows for stronger and longer maturation of the cherries, which in turn has helped create the lore of coffees from Boquete.
The Catuai grown at Elida Estate is some the healthiest looking we have seen. The trees boast so much color and new growth that you can tell just by looking at it, that it will amaze. This lot is 100% Catuai, dry-processed on patios. The attention to detail on drying and constant small lot drying experimentation being undertaken at Elida is why the clarity in the cup is so consistent.