Panama Elida Estate Natural


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At the turn of the century, Kentucky-born Robert Lamastus purchased a coffee farm while living in Panama working on the construction of the Panama Canal. He named this farm after his wife, whom he met while in Panama. Wilford Sr., who now runs the estate with his son, Wilford Jr., are not a pair to rest on their laurels. Elida Estate continues to innovate their coffee processing methods, improving cup quality and consistency year after year.

Elida Estate is surrounded by rainforests, with winds from both the Caribbean and Pacific creating a dense fog in Alto Quiel. The coffee trees at Elida grow in volcanic soil, full of nutrients, and the lower than usual temperatures at these altitudes prolong ripening and extend the fruit development. After harvesting, the team at Elida Estate stack the cherries on top of each other, which slows down drying, but also develops more complex flavors and aids sugar development.

With this year’s harvest from Elida Estate, we find the same characteristics that captivated us the first time we tasted this coffee almost eight years ago. Deep dense fruit flavors like ripe strawberry and black grape are paired with a rich dark chocolate quality like that of fine cocoa. An elegant texture and complex acidity in the cup reminds us of sangria.

Country / Panama

Producer / Elida Estate

Location / Boquete, Chiriqui

Process / Natural

Variety / Catuai

Altitude / 1700-2000 masl

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